Emmerdale actress sacked after offensive tweets unearthed

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An Emmerdale actress has had her contract terminated after a series of 'racist' historic tweets were unearthed.

Shila Iqbal, who only recently joined the Leeds-based soap as character Aiesha Richards, has been fired after the social media posts were discovered.

Actress Shila Iqbal at the premiere for film Eaten By Lions. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Shila Iqbal at the premiere for film Eaten By Lions. Picture: Getty Images

It is understood that Ms Iqbal was 19 at the time the tweets were posted back in 2013.

The actress is a recent cast member and only joined the series as a regular at the end of March.

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A spokeswoman for the soap today (Thursday) confirmed the news.

She said: "As a consequence of historic social media posts Shila Iqbal has left her role as Aiesha Richards on Emmerdale.

Actress Shila Iqbal at the premiere for film Eaten By Lions. Picture: Getty Images

Actress Shila Iqbal at the premiere for film Eaten By Lions. Picture: Getty Images

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

Ms Iqbal has previously appeared in BBC's Citizen Khan, Lala's Ladies and the film Eaten By Lions.

She has since deleted her Twitter account.