Dunno about you but, I really have taken to Pauline Quirke as Hazel in Emmerdale. Pauline has recently announced that she will be leaving Emmerdale. Pauline will be leaving the role of Hazel Rhodes on the ITV1 soap at the conclusion of this year. She will then be taking on the sitcom Birds of a Feather in a stage version in 2012. She explained that she was asked to stay on until Christmas and then in 2012 she would be doing a tour of Birds of a Feather on stage. Adding that she thought the time was good to resurrect the three old girls so the tour will start next spring. But she will stay on at the Woolpack steps until the end of December.
She had originally been contracted to appear just a year and then her contract was extended to the end of 2011 an Emmerdale spokesperson explained, so Hazel will be around for quite a few more months of drama. Hazel currently is tied into an assisted suicide storyline in the soap as she has said to Jackson, her son that she would aid him in dying since he has repeatedly stated his desire to die due to his current state of paralysis.