“I al­most snuck into Finn’s cof­fin!”

Joe Gill talks about his exit…

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Finn’s shock death has hit the Bar­tons hard – but for Joe Gill, who played Emma’s youngest boy for nearly four years, it’s the end of an ex­cit­ing era…

“I’ve loved play­ing Finn,” beams the ac­tor. “But it was the right time for me to move on. I spoke to Iain in Fe­bru­ary about leav­ing, and my con­tract ended in Oc­to­ber, so ev­ery­thing fit­ted in per­fectly.

“I’m re­ally proud that Finn has made his exit so dra­mat­i­cally, and the fact that he’s dead draws a proper line.

The slate is wiped clean and is a lot more fi­nal than if he’d just nipped off some­where!”

There were things

Joe needed to do be­fore go­ing, though – and a last-minute re­turn to the set pro­vided an un­usual op­por­tu­nity.

“I hadn’t taken my fam­ily to the Em­merdale stu­dios yet,” ad­mits the star. “On the day I did, I was told I couldn’t go into the Bar­ton house – but I went in there, and was faced with Finn’s cof­fin! One of the team had called me the week be­fore to ask for my height – so there I was look­ing at a 5ft 10in cof­fin. It was sur­real.

“Ap­par­ently Michael Parr [Ross] was due to film a scene next to it later that day, so part of me thought, ‘Should I jump into the cof­fin and leap out in the mid­dle of the take?’. It’s bizarre that Finn will soon have a head­stone in the grave­yard!”

Finn was shot by his own mother!

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