ITV Emmerdale star's worrying health update as they share picture from hospital bed

A former Emmerdale star is set for major surgery and has shared a snap from his hospital bed. Matthew Wolfenden, known for his role as David Metcalfe on the hit ITV soap, has revealed to fans that he's facing an operation this week, coming shortly after confirmation that his character won't be making a comeback to the Dales.

The 43 year old actor, who graced our screens from 2006 until his exit last year, was last seen in the village in November. Since leaving the soap, Matthew has been treading the boards in the stage production of Elf and keeping his followers in the loop with his life post-Emmerdale via Instagram. On Tuesday 16 April, he shared with his fans that he was in hospital prepping for surgery.

In the Instagram post, Matthew, who separated from his wife Charlie Webb last year, told his followers about his impending knee surgery, posting a picture that seemed to show him waiting in a hospital bed, captioning it: "Ready to go down for surgery on my knee."

He stopped short of sharing more details about his condition, reports the Mirror.

This news comes just weeks after Emmerdale referenced his character David following his departure from the show last year. In September, it was announced that he had chosen to leave the series after a successful stint of over 15 years on set.

David discovers Victoria and Jacob have been seeing each other in secret
David discovers Victoria and Jacob have been seeing each other in secret

During an emotional appearance on This Morning prior to saying goodbye for a final time, he confessed: "I am so nervous about leaving, nearly 20 years, almost two decades. It feels like the right time, the door has been left open - they're not killing me off, I've been promised. Who knows, I might be back [in the future]. Yeah, but we will see."

The beloved character was last seen waving goodbye to the village in November, as he set off to reunite with his ex Priya Sharma (portrayed by Fiona Wade) and their daughter Amba Metcalfe (played by Ava Jayasinghe). His exit was spurred by the revelation that his son Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) had sparked a romance with Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins), David's former flame.

Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden

Matthew and Charley, who are parents to Buster, 13, Bowie, eight, and Ace, four, also separated in November, confirming their split on social media. At the time, Debbie Dingle actress Charley wrote: "It is with love and respect that Matthew and I have decided to separate.

"We remain friends and our priority is the love for our children. For their sake we would appreciate privacy at this time. C x."