Who’s leaving Emmerdale? The latest cast changes

All the latest news for who's confirmed as joining and quitting the ITV soap.

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 comeback

Kim Tate (Claire King)

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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.

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"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.

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"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."

Returning

Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson)

We're going to see Amy make a return to the village for the first time since 2013 later this year, although you might notice she looks rather different from her last appearance.

The character has been recast and is now going to be played by Natalie Ann Jamieson after previous actress, Chelsea Halfpenny, ruled out a future return to the soap.

Mystery character (Dean Andrews)

Intrigue surrounds the casting of Dean Andrews, as the Emmerdale character he'll be playing is being kept tightly under wraps.

Soap bosses won't reveal his name or any details about him, other than that he will go head-to-head with Cain Dingle over something, and that he's set to shake things up.

It sounds like exciting times at Emmerdale and we're guessing Last Tango in Halifax star Dean could be playing the newest villain on the show.

Joining

Bear Wolf (Joshua Richards)

The village is set to get its very own wrestling superstar with the arrival of Bear Wolf.

It continues on from a bombshell that Mandy Dingle dropped during her return, that the pro wrestler may in fact be Paddy Kirk's biological father.

Paddy is set to meet his potential dad in the flesh on a trip to Belfast, which is sure to leave him wrestling with some tough emotions.

Bear Wolf is played by Troy star Joshua Richards, but it's unclear how long he will stay in the soap for.

Emmerdale airs at 7pm weekdays on ITV.

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