There's never a dull moment in the Dales. And with so many actors coming and going, it can be hard to keep up.
Here is our handy guide to all the actors leaving, returning and joining Emmerdale...
Shock death and exit
Joe Tate (Ned Porteous)
In a shock twist, Joe departed Emmerdale last night (October 11th) - ending his year-long stint at Home Farm.
Killed off by Cain and Graham, his exit will have long-lasting repercussions for the show.
Speaking about his exit to Digital Spy, Porteous said: “I saw Cain strike Joe to the ground. Joe took a very serious wound to the head and it initially appeared he was dead.
"Graham appeared to think so too, up until that pinnacle moment when his finger twitched in the car, so that blow to the head on the rock didn't actually kill him.
"However, Graham knew he had to get rid of Joe. It looks like he was the one that ultimately ended Joe, but Cain unwittingly thinks it was him who killed him."
Kim Tate (Claire King)
Kim Tate is back and she wants revenge. It’s been almost 20 years since iconic super bitch Kim left the Emmerdale village in a dramatic exit which saw her escape in a helicopter after attempting to kill her stepson, Chris Tate. In all her glory, Kim is set to make an explosive surprise comeback in a week of high drama at a Home Farm masquerade ball airing this October.
Kim still has unfinished business in the village and there are several characters who will find themselves at the receiving end of her vindictive ways.
On her character’s return Claire King said: "As a Yorkshire lass myself, I’m absolutely thrilled to be back in Yorkshire for a fun-filled cameo, once again reaping havoc in the Dales! As there are still some familiar faces from 20 years ago it’s felt like coming home and I couldn’t have had a more lovely welcome from such a talented cast and crew, so thank you everyone! It’s literally been a blast!"
Producer, Kate Brooks said: "Kim Tate is such a hurricane of a character, notorious for wreaking havoc wherever she goes. Kim's explosive return shakes the very foundations of the village as she swaggers back into Home Farm, leaving a devastating trail of destruction in her wake.
"We are delighted to welcome Claire back to the show; an actor exuding charisma and ebullience. It is testament to Claire's immense talent that her portrayal of such an iconic soap villain is so convincing. We are all absolutely thrilled that she's filling Kim Tate's designer shoes once again."
Kim played by Claire King first arrived in the village in 1989 and soon earned her name as a ruthless gold-digger. She attempted murder, faked her own death and stood by while her husband died. It seemed Kim didn’t have many redeeming qualities but her love affair with Dave Glover brought out her softer side, until he tragically died saving Kim’s baby in a fire at Home Farm.
Speaking on Lorraine about her return, Claire King said: "I can’t believe it’s 20 years. Yeah, I think the timing was just about right this time. It has been mentioned over the years, but I think now the time’s right. We’ve got Joe Tate in there, so a Tate name’s back in, so it just seemed to slot in.
"She is going to come back and wreak havoc. Even though she’s just back for a week, she does quite a lot in that week actually. She’s bigger, badder than she was before. And obviously a bit older…"
She added: "It did feel like a new job at first, until I arrived at Home Farm and then the old boots came on and she was back, it felt really at home. It was great. Lots of old friendly faces, some of them were tweeting me before and sending me messages.
"Same work ethic and everything. It feels like home. I’m a Yorkshire lass. It’s just like coming home, everybody’s so friendly here, they really are."
Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley)
Emmerdale legend Lisa Riley has hinted that she could be open to a return to the ITV soap - especially if there was a big comeback storyline for her Mandy Dingle and Paddy Kirk (Dominic Brunt).
Riley left the Dales in 2001 after six years the popular Dingle character and Riley thinks it would be interesting to see her visit the village with a new child.
"People keep telling me, 'Your Paddy needs you back.' But in my last episodes Mandy and Paddy spent the night together, so there could be a mini-me knocking about," Riley told Inside Soap.
"I'd be much more interested to see what their child is like - and it'd give Paddy a shock.
"She's still talked about wherever I go, though. I flew back from Mexico last year and the two guys that were sitting behind me started singing 'Mandy' by Barry Manilow.
"Everybody still talks about her food wagon, Mandy's Munchbox - it'll go down in history."
Riley has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women, Three Girls, Waterloo Road and Fat Friends since leaving Emmerdale.
Ross Barton (Michael Parr)
He's been an Emmerdale fixture since he first appeared as Ross Barton back in July 2013, but actor Michael Parr has announced he will be leaving the soap. The bad boy character became victim of a shocking acid attack this year and rumour had it that Parr wanted to quit over the extensive makeup he must now wear for his scenes and because he has ambitions of becoming a professional MMA fighter.
He was quick to denounce this however, stating on his official Twitter page 'Would just like to state the I'm not leaving Emmerdale because of the make up or because I'm going to become a professional MMA fighter . It's just time for a change....although we all know I could be heavy weight champ if I wanted to be.'
Acting Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks confirmed his departure stating, 'Michael Parr will leave Emmerdale later this year at the end of his current contract. His decision to pursue other acting opportunities has given the writing team the opportunity to create an intriguing storyline for his exit. Michael, who is nominated for Best Actor at the British Soap Awards next month, will leave the show on a high after brilliantly portraying Ross for five years.'
Roxy Shahidi - Leyla Harding
Roxy Shahidi plays fan favourite Leyla Harding and is currently on maternity leave. However, the writers have already teased her return with the revelation that she slept with David before leaving the village. A confirmed date for her explosive return has not been revealed.
Emmerdale airs at 7pm weekdays on ITV.
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