ITV has announced that Charity Tate, played by Emma Atkins, will return to the Dales in “a blaze of controversy” later this year.
Charity was last seen in March 2005 after she took revenge on Sadie King by having an affair with her husband Jimmy.
Emma told ITV, “Charity is a wonderfully complex character and an absolute joy to play. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore a new era of Charity, Cain and Debbie and will relish seeing what she’s been up to since we saw her last.”
Charity had a very turbulent five years on the show which included her marriage to millionaire Chris Tate, an affair with his sister Zoe and being framed for Chris’s murder. She was also set to marry Tom King until Sadie convinced him that Charity was sleeping with Cain..
Gavin Blyth, Emmerdale series producer said, “It’s going to be an incredibly exciting year for Emmerdale with Charity and Cain back at the heart of the action.
“This is the first in a series of new signings and intriguing characters on the horizon and we’re going to delight in reminding viewers that when it comes to compelling drama and commanding characters, Emmerdale is a force to be reckoned with.”
Emma also told The Sun newspaper that she’s delighted to be back on the soap. She explained that since leaving the show, her career hasn’t taken off in the way she’d hoped it would.
“I did a bit of theatre and that but honestly I also sat at home eating poached eggs on toast, watching TV and getting stuck into the net.
“I defy any actress to admit that it’s hard when you’re ‘resting’ — I did bits and bobs but it was not like working on a soap. It made me realise how lucky we are in a soap to have regular work and a routine.
“I quit the show as I felt at the time I wanted to try other things. Charity was my first big job out of drama school and you want to see if you can play someone else.
“But I missed her all the time. She was my creation, love her or loathe her.”