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

All the comings and goings in the lively village

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There is not a huge amount in the way of cast changes at Emmerdale over the next few months- although we have seen some new arrivals recently.


The shortage of changes is likely a result of COVID and the production shutdown that halted the soap earlier in the year. Now that things are back to normal (for soap production anyway) look for more departures and arrivals to be announced over the coming months.

But there are still a few changes on the horizon with a familiar face due back at some point, and a beloved character is joined by a family memeber- who is said to shed some light on things about her we are yet to learn.

Here is what we know so far about upcoming cast changes on Emmerdale.


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, and it has been confirmed that Debbie’s return has been delayed,  while she spends time with her family, fans can most likely expect her alter ego to be back in the village sometime in early 2021.


Mackenzie Barton (Lawrence Robb)

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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 later this month. While we do not yet know who is Described as a swaggering bad boy- so let the sure to happen clashes with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) begin, Mackenzie is the first of Moira’s extended family to turn up in Emmerdale.

But will Moira be pleased to see him? Unlikely. Mackenzie is said to be about to make life difficult for her by revealing, to us viewers for now at least, some dark secrets from her past. And it will be interesting to see how he interacts with Jamie Tate (Alenxader Lincoln) in the wake of his hit and run secret being revealed.

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