Is Emmerdale to lose major character as actor reveals future away from soap?

Michael Parr – who plays Ross Barton in Emmerdale – has spoken out about his future plans

Hanna Fillingham

Is Emmerdale about to lose one of its favourite characters in the not so distant future? On Monday's This Morning, actor Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton in the ITV soap, chatted to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about his current acid attack storyline, but it didn’t take long before he opened up about his fondness for the States, admitting that he felt that "it's always calling me". As well as talking about his family's connections with America – which saw his grandad fight in in the Vietnam war and his mum being born there, he said that he would love to live in New York.


Emmerdale star Michael Parr wants to spend time in the States

Michael told Holly and Phil: "I've feel like I've had a big American influence in my life. I feel like it's always been calling me." Phil then asked if he meant he would like to live there, to which Michael replied: "Yes, it would just be so cool to maybe do a year in New York, and maybe go for it in LA to see if I can get some work out there. I just want be an actor who jobs, who pops up in an episode of this and an episode of that. I have no desire to be a huge super star, I just want to act."

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Michael hinted Ross will grow closer to Rhona in upcoming scenes

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Luckily for fans, Michael then made it clear that he has no plans of leaving Emmerdale just now. "How long I'll be in Emmerdale for is as long as they keep writing," he said. During the show, the soap star hinted that his character will grow closer to Rhona Goskirk, who has been helping him as he struggles with his painkiller addiction. Michael also teased that there was plenty more drama in store for Ross, and that his most difficult scenes are yet to come. With Ross still in the dark of Debbie Dingle's part to play in his acid attack, it won't be too long before it all comes out. "It's going to come out eventually, and I can't imagine it's going to be good. But we haven't got there yet," he said.

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