Emmerdale is bringing back Britain’s biggest and best known soap bitch as Kim Tate returns for what is described as a ‘cheeky cameo’ with actress Claire King reprising her role.

Emmerdale Spoilers: Britain's biggest 'Soap Bitch' Kim Tate (is back!)
Emmerdale soap bitch Kim Tate returns played by Claire King

Kim Tate, played by actress Claire King, is set to make an explosive surprise comeback to Emmerdale in a week of high drama centred around the Home Farm masquerade ball airing this October. We doubt her step-grandson Joe Tate sent her an invite!

It’s been almost 20 years since iconic super bitch Kim Tate left the Emmerdale village in a dramatic exit which saw her escape in a helicopter after attempting to kill her stepson, Chris Tate – Joe’s dad!

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 but for what reason? And how is she linked to the ever mysterious Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) if we are to assume Kim is the woman on the other end of the phone?

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!”

Kim Tate 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 Frank died in one of Emmerdale’s most iconic scenes as Kim checked Frank was breathing with her compact mirror before reapplying her lipstick.

It seemed Kim didn’t have many redeeming qualities but her love affair with Dave Glover (Ian Kelsey) brought out her softer side, until he tragically died saving Kim’s baby in a fire at Home Farm. She was also good friends with village legend Seth Armstrong.

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.”

So what does Kim’s arrival mean for Joe Tate. Actor Ned Porteous said at the TV Choice Awards, where he won Best Newcomer, said: “I like being the only Tate in the village! I’m quite territorial –  that’s my gaff! I don’t want to give up my throne just yet…”

Talking about the forthcoming masquerade ball at Home Farm, Ned Porteous told Inside Soap: “It’s a fund raiser for transplant awareness in aid of Sarah, who needs a heart. You can expect a fair few emotional scenes, as the harsh truth of Sarah’s situation is that it’s not going to get better in the space of a couple of weeks or months. I think the show is doing a good job of depicting the strain on a family when someone is that unwell.”

Well one thing is for sure… Kim Tate’s return is bound to be heart stopping!

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