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...
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 is back as Mandy Dingle, 17 years after her last appearance.
Lisa left the Dales in 2001 and has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women, Three Girls, Waterloo Road and Fat Friends since.
Now, she has a guest stint back in the soap that made her famous lined up for 2019.
She said: "I could not be happier to be returning in the New Year to Emmerdale. It's something I never thought would happen after 17 years, and I am so interested to see what trouble Mandy is capable of causing.
"But mostly being back with all my old friends, it's like I've never been away."
Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks added: "Iconic Mandy Dingle returns to the village carrying a secret that turns lives upside-down.
"She's a character bursting with fun who certainly ruffles a few feathers during her short stint back in the village, and she clearly hasn't lost any of the joie de vivre that made Mandy so popular and enjoyable to watch.
"We're delighted to welcome Lisa back to Emmerdale."
Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson)
Terrifying killer Lachlan White may have been locked up, but any soap fan should know that never rules a character out of a return - no matter how heinous their crimes.
We now know that Lachlan is expected to make an appearance again, and that it's linked to Belle.
How exactly he'll manage to worm his way back into the Dales remains to be seen, but it's unlikely to spell good news for anyone.
Emmerdale airs at 7pm weekdays on ITV.
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