Matthew Wolfenden's new look suggests longer Emmerdale break amid race row

Matthew Wolfenden's new look suggests longer Emmerdale break amid race row

December 4, 2021

Emmerdale fans have speculated that Matthew Wolfenden will be taking a longer break than expected from the soap due to his new look.

The David Metcalfe actor showed off his new closely shaved hairstyle, which he has also bleached blonde, on Instagram.

It’s a big change from David’s longer locks, with fans wondering if it means he’ll be away from the soap for a while.

In general, actors are encouraged not to make changes to their hair for continuity purposes.

It was recently revealed that Matthew and his co-star Isabel Hodgins have been absent from filming over an alleged row on set.

According to reports, a mixed-race actress was left upset after her accent was ‘mimicked’, with a comment made behind the scenes at the time.

The Sun reported that there has been a complaint over an inappropriate comment made.

It has also been alleged that he rowed with co-star Aaron Anthony (Ellis Chapman) over the incident – with Victoria Sugden star Isabel also away from set while enquiries continue.

‘This all came about after a conversation between them and another actress — during which the alleged remark was made,’ an insider told the publication. ‘An accusation was also made that the actress’s accent had been mimicked.

‘We have been told that Aaron brought this up with Matthew subsequently and that there was a tense conversation between them. Matthew and Isabel stopped filming afterwards.

‘Emotions have been running high on set ever since but no one knows what to believe.’

A rep for the soap told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘While we would never comment on individual cases, Emmerdale has robust policies in place to deal with any allegations brought to our attention and take the appropriate steps.’

Matthew and Isabel are said to ‘categorically deny all the allegations’ but have yet to address the reports publicly.

Matthew joined the soap as David in 2006.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Emmerdale and Matthew Wolfenden for comment.

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