Im A Celebritys Danny Miller quits Emmerdale after 13 years as Aaron Dingle

Danny Miller has quit Emmerdale after 13 years of playing Aaron Dingle on the ITV soap.

It comes after the actor, 30, was announced as one of the ten stars confirmed for I'm A Celebrity 2021 and will spend the following few weeks at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele, in North Wales.

Speaking ahead of his time on the ITV competition, Danny confirmed that he has left Emmerdale and that he has decided to start a "new path in life" after welcoming his newborn son, Albert, with fiancée Steph Jones in October.

Danny first joined Emmerdale in 2008 and has been part of some of the ITV soap's most hard-hitting storylines over the years.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Danny said: "I’d like to think I’m very, very far away from Aaron and that’s part of the reason why I wanted to do [I’m A Celeb]. I’ve actually left Emmerdale, I unfortunately decided to start a new path in life.

"I’ve got my baby now and I’m [getting] married next year, it felt like the right time to open a new chapter in my life. I’m very, very emotional about it actually, it’s been a massive part of my life.

"I’ve wanted to spread my wings for a while and a show like this can give me the opportunity to see what else happens after it. [I can] start a new life with my family and see what happens."

Talking to press further, he added: "Life goes really quickly when you’re in a soap. I’ve been there for 13 years, I had a little break but 13 years ago I started with Aaron, I’ve grown up with him and I feel very protective of him. I think it was time for him to start a new life.

"We work Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm, so for me, having a new baby, as a lot of the cast that have kids know, it’s very difficult to be able to spend much time with them and you don’t get a lot of time off.

"Obviously, when you’re in a contract and in a fantastic show like Emmerdale, you’re at the hands of the storylines and the writers. That’s something that I wanted to free them of and free myself of, because I wanted to make sure that I could pick and choose, and be there for my baby if I needed to be."

The star continued: "It was a really tough decision, that’s why I’m so emotional about it now, talking about it. I’m hoping that stuff happens after, I’m not holding my breath because why should I?

"But I’m certainly hoping that I can have more time with the family and then see what happens."

OK! has contacted ITV for further comment.

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It is not known when Danny will leave or what his exit storyline will be but this hasn't stopped some soap watchers from predicting his departure from the village.

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