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Emmerdales Meena star Paige Sandhu shares exit message as she teases next role

Emmerdale star Paige Sandhu shared an emotional goodbye message on Monday night after her character Meena Jutla's dramatic exit from the ITV soap.

During Monday's episode, it was revealed that Meena had been sentenced to a minimum of 75 years in prison with the judge adding: "You will remain in custody for the rest of your life."

Taking to Twitter after the scenes, the hit ITV soap shared an emotional video of Meena star Paige saying goodbye to viewers.

In the clip, Paige jokes: "She’s finally gone down. Who knew?"

The actress then continues: "I just want to say thank you all for all of your support. Thank you to everyone at Emmerdale and ITV and all my beautiful actors and the crew. You’re all amazing.

“You’ve made this experience just the best of my life, and I will treasure these moments forever. And a big thank you, especially to Rebecca Sarker, my on-screen sister, but also a sister in my heart. I love you so much. Bye, everyone!"

Soap watchers were quick to react to the video as they asked when Paige would be returning as Meena and that the ITV soap will not be the same without her.

One person said: "Paige has been AMAZING! the show won't ever be the same without her. Meena has gone down as one of the greatest fictional characters of all time."

A different account put: "Paige was brilliant playing Meena she was sinister, funny, and she had charisma unlike any other soap villain we have seen on an english soap before she will be missed."

Another follower wrote: "Thank you Paige Sandhu for playing Meena Jutla she will go down as my favourite Emmerdale villain you have been incredible to watch proud of you #emmerdale #PaigeSandhu xx."

While a different viewer added: "Wishing Paige all the best for the future, she has been fantastic through the whole of this storyline. A very satisfying ending."

It comes as Paige spoke about her future career plans following her dramatic exit from the hit ITV soap on Monday.

Talking to press about whether she had anything lined up next, the star said: "I do, actually. I am starting filming on something else, so that will be cool. Then there are other things that are potentials, so that's really exciting. They are all goodies, funnily enough!"

Paige also admitted that she would love to continue playing baddies, she added: "I definitely want to continue to play baddies. I love baddies. I think they're just so much fun to play.

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"I just want to continue playing characters that are wildly different than me – where you can have a lot of fun, the roles are really challenging and fulfilling, and it doesn't really matter whether they are a goodie or a baddie.

"Just as long as I feel connected to them, I can have fun, it's challenging and it's written really well and the storyline is amazing."

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