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Emmerdale‘s Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly returned to set following the race row that rocked the soap.

The actor, 41, who stars as David Metcalfe, was said to have been spotted leaving the set in Leeds last week by fans, according to The Sun.

It is not known if Matthew, who joined the cast in 2006, was back filming or if he was visiting the set for another reason. 

Return: Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly returned to set following the race row that rocked the soap

Return: Emmerdale's Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly returned to set following the race row that rocked the soap

Return: Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden has reportedly returned to set following the race row that rocked the soap

Matthew has not filmed scenes for Emmerdale since becoming embroiled in a race row back in September.

He and co-star Isabel Hodgins were alleged to have ‘mimicked the accent of a mixed-race actress’ on the set of the popular ITV soap.

A representative for Emmerdale declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Fellow Emmerdale star Aaron Anthony was said to have dramatically quit because he is ‘bitterly angry’ with two of his co-stars who are facing the race probe.  

Furious: Emmerdale's Aaron Anthony was said to have dramatically quit because he is 'bitterly angry' with two of his co-stars who are facing a race probe (pictured on the soap)

Furious: Emmerdale's Aaron Anthony was said to have dramatically quit because he is 'bitterly angry' with two of his co-stars who are facing a race probe (pictured on the soap)

Furious: Emmerdale’s Aaron Anthony was said to have dramatically quit because he is ‘bitterly angry’ with two of his co-stars who are facing a race probe (pictured on the soap)

Aaron, who plays Ellis Chapman, has told producers he will not be returning after his contract ends because he is furious with his colleagues’ alleged behaviour, claims The Sun

Last month, reports emerged an unnamed actress of Emmerdale was upset following an inappropriate comment made towards her, before it was claimed her accent was mocked during the fall out.

It was said Matthew, and Isabel, 27, who portrays Victoria Sugden, are the pair facing allegations. 

Both stars – who joined the soap in 2006 – have categorically denied claims of racism and have suggested the whole thing was a misunderstanding.  

It was claimed Matthew, 41, and Isabel Hodgins, 27, are the pair facing allegations. They have both categorically denied claims of racism

It was claimed Matthew, 41, and Isabel Hodgins, 27, are the pair facing allegations. They have both categorically denied claims of racism

It was claimed Matthew, 41, and Isabel Hodgins, 27, are the pair facing allegations. They have both categorically denied claims of racism 

Aaron, 28, is reportedly so ‘furious’ about the row and how the subsequent investigation ‘has been handled’, he has decided to leave the show after two years. 

A source told the publication: ‘Aaron is bitterly angry about this situation and he has had to be persuaded to come back to Leeds film his scenes in recent months.

‘He has done some filming over the last couple of weeks, but the understanding is that those scenes will be his last.

‘He has been very vocal in his opinions about the allegations and about the way in which the enquiries have been handled by the bosses. He now feels his position on the show is untenable.’  

MailOnline has contacted Aaron’s representatives and Emmerdale for comment. 

Recast: Aaron (pictured) took over the role from disgraced actor Asan N'Jie in 2019

Recast: Aaron (pictured) took over the role from disgraced actor Asan N'Jie in 2019

Sacked: Asan was sacked for threatening to 'kill' fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019

Sacked: Asan was sacked for threatening to 'kill' fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019

Recast: Aaron (L) took over the role from disgraced actor Asan N’Jie (R), who was sacked for threatening to ‘kill’ fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019 

It was also reported at the time that following the alleged incident, Matthew rowed with Aaron.    

The source went on to say the pair subsequently had a ‘tense conversation’, adding that afterwards, Matthew and Isabel ‘stopped filming.’

The insider added: ‘Emotions have been running high’ on the set since the incident, with cast unsure ‘what to believe’. 

Aaron took over the role from disgraced actor Asan N’Jie, who was sacked for threatening to ‘kill’ fellow soap star Jamie Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019. 

Meanwhile, Matthew and Isabel were previously said to not be returning until next year.  

An Emmerdale spokesman told MailOnline: ‘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.’ 

MailOnline has contacted the agents for both stars at the time. 

Race row: Meanwhile, it's said the female cast member at the centre of the race row is continuing to film 'as normal', though she wishes she 'wasn’t entangled in it'

Race row: Meanwhile, it's said the female cast member at the centre of the race row is continuing to film 'as normal', though she wishes she 'wasn’t entangled in it'

Race row: Meanwhile, it’s said the female cast member at the centre of the race row is continuing to film ‘as normal’, though she wishes she ‘wasn’t entangled in it’

It’s said the female cast member at the centre of the race row is continuing to film ‘as normal’, though she wishes she ‘wasn’t entangled in it’.

The publication reports the ‘issue is far from solved’ and as two of Emmerdale’s biggest stars their sudden absence from set have cause major ‘production issues’. 

Both Matthew and Isabel were embroiled in the soap’s huge Super Soap Week stunt in October, where their characters had plunged into fast-flowing rapids after the rope bridge collapsed. 

However, with both Isabel and Matthew gone, it has led to scripts being ‘hastily rewritten’, which has caused some confusion for dedicated viewers.  

It’s said bosses had planned to keep the huge storyline ‘prominent’, but with both characters off screen for ‘an unspecified period of time’, it has presented a ‘a real challenge’ for scriptwriters.

The pair were last seen onscreen on October 28, with the onscreen lovers heading off to visit Victoria’s stepmother Diana Blackstock in Portugal. 

Drama: Matthew and Isabel were previously said to have fallen out while filming a soap scene which involved a dramatic stunt (pictured in October)

Drama: Matthew and Isabel were previously said to have fallen out while filming a soap scene which involved a dramatic stunt (pictured in October)

Drama: Matthew and Isabel were previously said to have fallen out while filming a soap scene which involved a dramatic stunt (pictured in October)

Source: DailyMail

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