Emmerdale star Asan N'Jie at the TV Choice Awards 2019
Asan N’Jie was sacked from Emmerdale following an incident at the TV Choice Awards involging Jamie Lomas (Picture: WireImage)

Emmerdale has had a turbulent few months – with a sacking rocking the cast earlier this week.

The latest dismissal came following an incident at the TV Choice Awards on Monday, with news of the sacked cast member confirmed on Wednesday.

So who has been fired from the soap, and what caused it?

Here’s what you need to know…

Who has been sacked from Emmerdale?

This week has seen Asan N’Jie, who plays Ellis Chapman, sacked from the soap.

Asan was dismissed following a fight with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards which was captured on video.

Asan N'Jie as Ellis Chapman in Emmerdale with Sandra Marvin as Jessie Dingle
Asan had been a part of the soap since 2018 (Picture: ITV)

The explosive footage showed a brawl between the soap stars during which Asan appeared to make threats to ‘knife’ Jamie, who plays Warren Fox in the soap.


A spokesperson for ITV said: Emmerdale suspended Asan N’Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a Central London hotel on Monday night.

‘ITV executives have met with him this morning and as a consequence Asan’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.’

Asan said in a statement: ‘My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character. I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been affected especially Jamie Lomas, the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family, and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards.

Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards 2019
Jamie Lomas was also involved in the incident which saw Asan appear to make threats towards him (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

‘I am devastated, accept full responsibility for my actions and I am determined to learn from this.’

Asan had played Ellis Chapman in the soap from 2018 – with his character involved in romance with Victoria Barton (Isobel Hodgins), as well as a turbulent relationship with half-brother BIlly (Jay Kontzle).

More recently the character was stabbed in the back during the soap’s night out week – and later suffered panic attacks as a result.

It’s not know when his character will make his exit from the Dales, but as episodes are filmed some weeks in advance you can expect to see him onscreen for a while.

Emmerdale Shila Iqbal who was sacked from the soap in April 2019
Shila Iqbal was also axed from Emmerdale earlier this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Asan’s firing comes five months after fellow cast member Shila Iqbal – who played Aiesha Richards – was also axed.


‘As a consequence of historic social media posts Shila Iqbal has left her role as Aiesha Richards on Emmerdale. The programme took the decision not to renew her contract as soon as these posts were brought to the company’s attention,’ ITV said in a statement at the time.

Shila said: ‘I am terribly sorry and take full responsibility for my use of such inappropriate language. I have paid the price and can no longer continue the job I loved the most at Emmerdale. Although I was young when I made the Tweets, it was still completely wrong of me to do so and I sincerely apologise.

Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV at 7pm.

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