Charlie Hardwick, 58, played Val Pollard for more than a decade until she was dramatically killed off in 2015. However, the actress has revealed she was “really hurt” after she learned her alter ego would be unable to return to the show. Val was trapped in the hall of mirrors during a summer fete, when a helicopter exploded and a shard of glass impaled her, killing her instantly. Speaking to The Mirror, Charlie divulged: "I loved Emmerdale. It was my choice to leave.
It was my choice to leave
"I have to say I was absolutely shocked when I found out they were going to kill Val.”
She continued: "I think when you spend most of your life dressed and behaving like somebody else, then you find out that they're going to savagely annihilate her – I was really hurt."
Charlie - who is now starring in Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge - added: "I was upset on her behalf. It was as brutal as you can get.
"That'll teach us for saying time for me to go."
Despite Val’s heartbreaking death, the character returned as a ghost in the Dales.
She made an appearance to husband Eric Pollard - played by Chris Chittel - and also visited Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) in a dream episode during the 2017 Christmas Day edition.
Emmerdale cast: Charlie Hardwick