Emmerdale might be back filming following the coronavirus shutdown earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve welcomed every character back to the screen.
Among those we’re not likely to see much of in the coming months is Kim Tate (Claire King) – with her daughter-in-law Andrea (Anna Nightingale) very much in charge of things at Home Farm – and Kim having been sent on holiday in last week’s episodes.
So just where is Kim – and when can we expect to see her back in the Dales?
Here’s what you need to know…
Where is Kim Tate and when is she back in Emmerdale?
There’s no big mystery as to Kim Tate’s absence – it’s simply that she’s not in the soap at the moment as actress Claire King has yet to return to filming following lockdown.
The actress is among cast members who are unable to return to the set at the moment, due to her suffering from arthritis, which means she has been classed as vulnerable in the current pandemic.
Claire told OK! Magazine: ‘I have arthritis, so my immune system is compromised, which makes you more at risk of catching the virus.
‘I’m not back at Emmerdale yet, so it’s a case of waiting to be written back in,’ she added.
‘When I get a flare up, it’s not nice and it does make you feel very tired. If I’m on location in winter, the cold feels like it gets to your bones.
‘Often people, don’t see it as an issue because you aren’t in a wheelchair or limping, but they look after me on the show and give me more indoor scenes during winter.
‘I have to have my buttons done up for me by the costume people now, and I can’t wear killer heels any more!
‘You’ll notice Kim mostly wears riding boots now.’
Emmerdale continues tonight on ITV at 7pm.
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