Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate’s return date – and it’s sooner than expected

Emmerdale star Claire King has revealed when Kim Tate is set to return – and it’s sooner than fans were expecting.

Nasty Kim made a dramatic return last October after nearly 20 years away at the explosive masquerade ball.

She destroyed Joe Tate’s life, ruined Debbie Dingle’s wedding day and managed to anger nearly all the village’s residents.

However, Kim got her comeuppance when she was shoved off the balcony into a champagne glass fountain.

The villain was arrested and sent back to jail, leaving viewers fearing she would be gone for a while, but Claire has revealed her character is coming back very soon indeed.

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim Tate is coming back to Emmerdale very soon
(Image: ITV)

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim was arrested shortly after leaving hospital
(Image: ITV)

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Responding to a fan on Twitter , she said: "On screen end Feb/beginning of March x"

She then added: "I’m back filming in Jan! X"

Emmerdale viewers will be pleased to see Claire back on screens after her dramatic return last year.

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim was shoved off the balcony at Home Farm

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim fell onto a champagne fountain

Kim will be looking to get revenge on Faith Dingle after she was exposed as the mystery attacker.

It may come back to haunt Faith as Kim has proven she is one of the meanest baddies in soapland.

She may have been sent to prison, but Kim has still caused problems from inside by ordering Graham Foster to carry out her dirty work.

Most recently she told him to get rid of many of their tenants, rendering Bernice, Gabby, Diane, Daz, Dan, Kerry and Amelia homeless.

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Faith had better watch out as Kim is after revenge
(Image: ITV)

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim has been giving Graham orders from inside prison

Speaking about why she returned in the first place, actress Claire said: "I think because there was already a Tate name in Home Farm so it made it easier than having some random old bit coming in and everyone going, ‘Who the hell’s this?!’ So I think it made more of an easy, smooth [transition].

"And I fancied not driving another four or five hours across the Pennines to Manchester! So it was … and I just thought it would be great fun and I still knew people here. I mean, Chris Chittell (Eric Pollard) was texting me and saying ‘Kingy it’s still the same work ethic, it’s great’ I thought, thank goodness for that. It hasn’t all got out of hand. It’s like a family here."

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim made an explosive return in October

Emmerdale star reveals Kim Tate's return date - and it's sooner than expected

Kim managed to anger a lot of the villagers including Charity

Claire also told The Mirror that returning to the Yorkshire soap felt like "coming home".

She said: ‘It was top secret. I told my mum and dad and my partner. But my name was secret on call sheets and scripts. I had to park round the back so fans at the front couldn’t see me. ­Everybody kept it really quiet.

"I’m a Yorkshire lass anyway so it is like coming home. And the house hasn’t changed a bit.

"I have been surprised at the reaction. But it is also daunting being up there in the middle of it, the centre of attention."

*Emmerdale continues on Wednesday on ITV at 7pm

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