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

All the comings and goings in the lively village.

Aaron Dingle, Diane Sugden and Tracy Metcalfe in Emmerdale
Published: Tuesday, 9th August 2022 at 4:10 pm
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It's a dramatic time in Emmerdale at the moment.


But, then again, when isn't it?

After over a year of terrifying Meena Jutla (Paige Sandhu) wreaking havoc around the village, she finally left our screens earlier this year after being sentenced to 75 years in prison.

However, could we have further cast changes on the way?

Read on for your essential guide from to the latest Emmerdale cast news that you absolutely need to know.

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

Emmerdale cast 2022

The full present regular cast for Emmerdale can be found below.

  • Chris Chittell as Eric Pollard
  • Claire King as Kim Tate
  • Isabel Hodgins as Victoria Sugden
  • Steve Halliwell as Zak Dingle
  • James Hooton as Sam Dingle
  • Lisa Riley as Mandy Dingle
  • Mark Charnock as Marlon Dingle
  • Dominic Brunt as Paddy Kirk
  • Samantha Giles as Bernice Blackstock
  • Eden Taylor-Draper as Belle Dingle
  • Emma Atkins as Charity Dingle
  • Jeff Hordley as Cain Dingle
  • Tony Audenshaw as Bob Hope
  • Patrick Mower as Rodney Blackstock
  • Sally Dexter as Faith Dingle
  • Nicola Wheeler as Nicola King
  • Zoe Henry as Rhona Goskirk
  • Rosie Bentham as Gabby Thomas
  • Charlotte Bellamy as Laurel Thomas
  • Lucy Pargeter as Chas Dingle
  • Nick Miles as Jimmy King
  • Jack Downham as Noah Dingle
  • Katie Hill as Sarah Sugden
  • Sam Hall as Samson Dingle
  • Matthew Wolfenden as David Metcalfe
  • Lesley Dunlop as Brenda Walker
  • Roxy Shahidi as Leyla Cavanagh
  • Natalie J. Robb as Moira Dingle
  • Ash Palmisciano as Matty Barton
  • Chris Bisson as Jai Sharma
  • Fiona Wade as Priya Sharma
  • Joe-Warren Plant as Jacob Gallagher
  • Natalie Ann Jamieson as Amy Wyatt
  • Daisy Campbell as Amelia Spencer
  • Bhasker Patel as Rishi Sharma
  • Liam Fox as Dan Spencer
  • Laura Norton as Kerry Wyatt
  • Michelle Hardwick as Vanessa Woodfield
  • Katherine Dow Blyton as PC Harriet Finch
  • Jonny McPherson as Dr Liam Cavanagh
  • Amy Walsh as Tracy Metcalfe
  • Isobel Steele as Liv Dingle
  • Karen Blick as Lydia Dingle
  • Olivia Bromley as Dawn Fletcher
  • James Moore as Ryan Stocks
  • Rebecca Sarker as Dr Manpreet Sharma
  • Jay Kontzle as Billy Fletcher
  • Bradley Johnson as Vinnie Dingle
  • Joshua Richards as Bear Wolf
  • Dean Andrews as Will Taylor
  • Jurell Carter as Nate Robinson
  • Susan Cookson as Wendy Posner
  • Michael Wildman as Al Chapman
  • Lawrence Robb as Mackenzie Boyd
  • Kevin Mathurin as Charles Anderson
  • Emile John as Ethan Anderson
  • Jessie Elland as Chloe Harris
  • Darcy Grey as Marcus Dean
  • Louise Jameson as Mary Goskirk
  • Martelle Edinborough as Suzy Merton
  • Karene Peter as Naomi Walters

Here are the following changes ahead to the regular cast.


Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter)

Sally Dexter as Faith Dingle
Sally Dexter as Faith Dingle ITV

When is Faith Dingle leaving? October 2022.

Faith Dingle recently discovered that her cancer has returned and upcoming scenes will see her dealing with her terminal cancer diagnosis.

This means that actress Sally Dexter is departing her role as Faith in the coming months, but will she find peace with her son Cain Dingle and daughter Chas Dingle before she departs this mortal coil?

The character has been confirmed to die in scenes airing as part of the soap's 50th-anniversary celebrations in October.

Speaking to TV Times, Dexter reflected: "I think [the exit storyline] is excellent. I haven't read the scripts for her death, but I'm hoping it's as positive as it can be. This isn't just a story about a cancer; it's a wider story about family.

"That great thing about death is the thing that happens before it, that thing called life, and all the love that goes with it. I'd love it if everyone watching had a little bottle of gin, to toast her!"

We'll certainly miss Faith!


Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh)

Amy Walsh as Tracy Metcalfe in Emmerdale
Amy Walsh as Tracy Metcalfe in Emmerdale ITV

When is Tracy Metcalfe returning? October 2022.

As actress Amy Walsh went on maternity leave to spend time with her baby who she welcomed over Christmas 2021/2022 with partner Toby-Alexander Smith (aka EastEnders' Gray Atkins), Tracy was written out of Emmerdale in an emotional exit storyline.

After splitting from Nate Robinson over his secret one-night-stand, Tracy seemed to be thawing towards him when she discovered that she had been offered a job in Nottingham to help other women suffering from post-natal depression as she had.

After an emotional farewell to Nate and sister Vanessa, Tracy and baby Frankie departed the village for a new life.

Now, Tracy is due to return with Frankie in October 2022 as part of the Emmerdale 50th anniversary celebrations.

Will Tracy reconcile with Nate? And how will she feel if Nate has pursued a lustful new relationship in her absence?

We do know that this is only a temporary return for Amy Walsh before she later returns full-time.

Amy will return with some news for Nate, but will he like what she has to say to him?

Diane Sugden (Elizabeth Estensen)

Diane Sugden in Emmerdale
Diane Sugden in Emmerdale ITV

When is Diane Sugden returning? October 2022.

Former Woolpack landlady Diane Sugden departed Emmerdale in October 2021 but will return for a guest stint a year after her exit.

Actress Elizabeth Estensen is reprising her role as Diane as part of the soap's 50th-anniversary celebrations but the exact reason for her return has yet to be revealed.

At the time of her exit from the soap, Estensen said: "For the past 22 years I have loved playing Diane Sugden. She's kind, reliable and fiercely loyal. However, I now feel the time has come to say goodbye. Emmerdale will always remain special to me. I've been treated with respect and kindness and I've had the very best friends and colleagues, both past and present. I’ll miss everyone dearly."

Diane emotionally left the village in a car after her selling her shares in The Grange, but what will daughter Bernice Blackstock and step-daughter Victoria Sugden have to say about her return?

Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller)

emmerdale aaron dingle
Danny Miller as Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale ITV

When is Aaron Dingle returning? October 2022.

Emmerdale fan-favourite Aaron Dingle is set to return to the soap for a guest stint in October for the soap's 50th-anniversary celebrations.

Actor Danny Miller departed the soap late last year and went on to compete in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2021, going to win the season.

Discussing Aaron's upcoming scenes, the show's producer Jane Hudson teased that Aaron would get directly involved in the storylines of his sister Liv Dingle and mother Chas Dingle.

Hudson noted: "Of course, Aaron's back. Is Aaron gonna find out his mum's cheating on Paddy, who he sees as a father? What's he going to discover...that Sandra's not all about Liv? So there's a huge story happening over there."

Aaron certainly has unfinished business, having previously left the village following the murder of his boyfriend Ben Tucker by evil Meena Jutla and the subsequent wrongful arrest of Liv for the crime.

Will Aaron make peace with Liv and Chas before he departs our screens again?


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