EMMERDALE star Kelvin Fletcher has revealed how he struggled with his BIG career change after leaving TV to run a farm.
The winner Serious to Dancing – who played Andy Sudgen in the ITV soap – rose and move to Peak District with his family last year.
Kelvin, 37, got his start in sheep farming in recent months two years after he took home the Glitterball trophy with Oti Mabuse.
During his time in captivity, the actor decided to take his life in a new direction, buying a 120-acre farm, complete with a giant tractor and dozens of animals.
Since then, the star has been busy learning how to herd sheep as part of her new life – deworming, shearing, cleaning and removing maggots from her flock.
The star now works on the farm full time – explain for Online email he and his wife Liz got a lesson from their next door neighbor.
“I left Emmerdale to be free – to take risks,” explained Kelvin, acknowledging that he had set a goal of moving to the US to “make it big” before doing so.
“Then the pandemic hit and we got an email from the embassy saying they were holding all the workers coming in. From there, we had to readjust.”
“[We went for] something different, a challenge,” he added, as his wife Liz explained that they struggled to grasp because they were “not farmers”.
However, the couple – and their two children Marnie, five, and Milo, three – spent almost a year moving in and learning the ropes.
“We don’t want to be just hobby farmers,” insists Kelvin. “The challenge is to do it the right way and be proud of what we’re doing.”
The couple are looking forward to a “busy spring” in 2022, which will see their first “lamb season” and the birth of their third child.
To make things more complicated, the family shot for a new TV show – Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure – to be broadcast on BBC One.
He announced the new show on Instagram last year, writing to fans: “If you’ve been sitting there wondering what these random farm and outdoor images are, now you know!
“We actually jumped to the bottom and bought a farm!
“A reluctant wife, two crazy children and a husband whose knowledge of agriculture you can write on the back of a stamp! What could happen?!”
Kelvin has become adept at driving a tractor, bottle-feeding sheep, herding horses and raising piglets in a series of social media snaps.
In December, Kelvin announced that he would fatherhood for the third time when he reveals his wife Liz is expecting again.
Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure begins on BBC1 at 8:30pm on January 17
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