Emmerdale cast: who is leaving, returning to and joining the cast?

All the comings and goings in the lively village

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Things are fairly stable at Emmerdale over the next few months of 2020 when it comes to the comings and goings with the cast.


Whilst there are some notable omissions on screen at the moment with certain characters like Kim Tate being absent for the foreseeable future, this is due to them being unable to film due to the current pandemic and they remain part of the main cast and will return when safe to do so.

But there are still a few changes on the horizon with some familiar faces making a return and a newbie set to shake things up in the Dales and give us some new information about the past of a current Emmerdale favourite…


Zak Dingle (Steve Halliwell)

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Last seen heading off to Scotland in the aftermath of wife Lisa’s death to stay with granddaughter Debbie, widowed Zak returned in March 2020. According to reports, Halliwell took a six-month break from the show before bringing the flat-capped patriarch back. The Dingles are going through turmoil at the moment, and need their figurehead to steer them in the right direction.

Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb)

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Webb’s real-life maternity leave is the reason for Deb’s current on-screen absence – the actress gave birth to her third child, Ace, in July, another son for her and co-star Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe) and brother for Buster, who is nine, and three-year-old Bowie. The mechanic is running a garage up in Scotland left to her in Lisa’s will.

Although there’s been no official comment on Webb’s return while she spends time with her family, fans can most likely expect her alter ego to be back in the village sometime in 2020.


Moira’s brother (Actor TBC)

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Viewers are set to learn more about Moria Barton’s (Natalie J.Robbs) past as her long-lost brother is set to make an appearance on the Dales in the near future. While we do not yet know who is playing the newcomer, he has been described as a swaggering bad boy- so let the sure to happen clashes with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) begin.

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