Why is Simon Lennon, who plays Ben Tucker in Emmerdale, leaving the show?
After 16 months as Aaron Dingle’s love interest, EMMERDALE star Simon Lennon has left the role of Ben Tucker, but why has he decided to leave the ITV soap?
At the end of Thursday night’s hour-long episode of Emmerdale, Simon’s character Ben was killed off, as Meena Jutla (played by Paige Sandhu) claimed her third victim.
The actor joined the ITV soap family in Autumn 2020 and has now left just over a year later.
Here’s everything you need to know about Simon’s departure from the show now that his character’s story has come to an end.
Ben had been teasing that he would be leaving the show because he was looking for a new job after being solely blamed for the disastrous events of survival week for a few weeks.
Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) had intended to accompany him, but the kayaking instructor discovered evidence of someone attempting to drown Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins).
Instead of clearing his name, he discovered Meena was a murderer, and a battle ensued when she arrived at The Hop after hearing he’d seen her in action.
When it appeared that the villain was dead, the two villagers went head to head because they had very different conclusions to the story. Ben made his escape when it appeared that the villain was dead.
Unfortunately, when he returned to check on her, he left the camera and all of the evidence in the car outside, which was a huge mistake.
Ben dashed outside when he realized he’d left his car door open, but it was too late; Meena had gotten her hands on the evidence.
She hid in the shadows as the game of cat and mouse continued, leaving her latest victim on pins and needles because he had no idea where she was.
She hit him in the head with an oar before he could flee, and he was left bleeding out on the floor.
As the end credits rolled, she hit him a second time, putting an end to his time on the show.
An investigation into how he died and who may have killed him will begin in the coming days and weeks.
This hasn’t changed in terms of Simon’s departure.
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