Dramatic showdown sees the end of Emmerdale’s Donna

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This is the dramatic final scene which sees Emmerdale’s Verity Rushworth bow out tonight after more than a decade playing Donna Windsor in the show.

Her character, who has had two separate stints in the long-running ITV rural soap, which is filmed near Harewood House in Leeds, heads off for a final showdown with the villainous Gary North, played by Fergus O’Donnell. But her plans to see him jailed go horribly wrong, devastating her friends and family in the village.

It is the finale of a plot that has seen the terminally-ill police officer go off the rails in a bid to secure her young daughter’s future.

Rushworth, who first appeared on screen in 1998, left the soap in 2009 before rejoining the cast earlier this year.

The 28-year-old actress, who grew up in Rawdon and Adel, was schooled at St Mary’s in Menston.

During her earlier break from Emmerdale she made several stage appearances, including her West End debut in the musical Hairspray.

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