Sacked 'Emmerdale' star Asan N'Jie lands new role after controversial exit

Katie Archer

Disgraced former Emmerdale star Asan N’Jie has landed his first role since being sacked from the ITV soap.

N’Jie’s new project will see him appear opposite James Nesbitt in Bloodlands, a high-profile crime drama series coming to the BBC later this year, which will be produced by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio.

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He posted his exciting news on Twitter with a picture of the script, captioned: “Looking forward to the next project #bloodlands #bbc”.

The former soap actor was dropped by Emmerdale in September after an incident at the TV Choice Awards.

He was seen brawling with Hollyoaks’ Jamie Lomas, who plays Warren Fox, at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel where the awards were being held.

An ITV statement at the time said: "Emmerdale suspended Asan N'Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night.

"ITV executives have met with him this morning, and as a consequence Asan's contract has been terminated with immediate effect."

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N’Jie apologised unreservedly after the incident, saying: "My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character.

"I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been affected, especially Jamie Lomas, the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family, and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards.

"I am devastated, accept full responsibility for my actions, and I am determined to learn from this."

He had played Ellis Chapman in the soap, son of Jessie Dingle and Al Chapman, and was replaced in the role by Aaron Anthony.

So far, it’s unclear who his character Larry in Bloodlands will be, but the drama centres on Nesbitt’s character detective Tom Brannick who gets drawn back into a cold case that is personally significant to him.

Bloodlands is currently filming in Northern Ireland and was written by Chris Brandon.