"She has had some feisty storylines and has been a fantastic character to play. I was very sad filming the final scenes," Wade told them.
"It isn’t often as an actor that you’re given that amount of time to really develop a part and make it your own. I will miss that, as well as the beautiful, incredible people I worked with who will always be my friends."
Wade then talked about why she left the role, explaining that she was looking to leave her "comfort zone" and was keen to explore more opportunities outside of Emmerdale.
"I've always been ambitious, and I like to step out of my comfort zone, even if it's terrifying. Fear is okay. It is what you do with it that counts. I believe you should look back and know you have lived your life to the full," Wade said.
"I think the world has opened up. It's an exciting time."
Wade also said that the support of her husband, Simon Cotton, was crucial in her decision to leave the show. Cotton himself previously appeared on the soap, which is how they met.
"He didn't falter once in supporting my decision to leave Emmerdale. If I was ever having a wobble, he was always there, reminding me that it was right for me," Wade said.
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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