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Emmerdale to bring back mystery character

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw has confirmed that a mystery character will be returning to the soap in the new year.

The boss spoke to Digital Spy and other media at a press event for the ITV soap, teasing that a familiar face will make their way back to the Dales in January.

“We’ve got a familiar face returning in the new year,” Shaw teased.

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"This person comes back to help one of our villagers who’s in a little bit of trouble. We’ll leave you to guess who the familiar face might be coming back in January..."

There are some theories floating around about exactly who the returning star could be, with both Michelle Hardwick and Laura Norton due to reprise their roles as Vanessa Woodfield and Kerry Wyatt respectively after going on maternity leave.

But while we'll have to wait and see who's coming back, Shaw teased plenty more action in the Dales in the upcoming weeks.

As we know, Chas Dingle is set to be at the heart of the drama over the festive season and into 2024.

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“There’s a huge story coming up for Chas in the new year that’s going to be shocking for all her family and friends and villagers around her,” teased the producer, who joined the soap in 2018.

“We know that her and Aaron have got quite a strained relationship at the moment and he's really pushing his mum away. This could be the story that maybe brings those two back together and bonds mother and son again.

"That’s all for us to find out in the new year.”

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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