Shila Iqbal: Emmerdale star fired from ITV series over resurfaced 'inappropriate' tweets

'I am terribly sorry and take full responsibility for my use of such inappropriate language,' says Iqbal

Shila Iqbal attending the 'Eaten by Lions' premiere at The Courthouse Hotel in London on 26 March, 2019.
Shila Iqbal attending the 'Eaten by Lions' premiere at The Courthouse Hotel in London on 26 March, 2019.

Shila Iqbal has been fired from Emmerdale over historical offensive tweets, the soap has confirmed.

The actress, who played Aiesha Richards on the ITV show, was only made a series regular at the end of March.

It is understood that she was 19 when the tweets in question were posted in 2013.

A spokeswoman for the soap said: “As a consequence of historic social media posts Shila Iqbal has left her role as Aiesha Richards on Emmerdale.

“The programme took the decision not to renew her contract as soon as these posts were brought to the company’s attention.”

Iqbal, who has also appeared in Lala’s Ladies, Citizen Khan and the film Eaten By Lions, has since deleted her Twitter account.

The content of the past messages has not been revealed.

Shila Iqbal said in a statement: “I am terribly sorry and take full responsibility for my use of such inappropriate language.

“I have paid the price and can no longer continue the job I loved the most at Emmerdale.

“Although I was young when I made the tweets, it was still completely wrong of me to do so and I sincerely apologise.”

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