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EastEnders reveals first look at Kim Fox's shock return - and there's a huge twist

EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, aka Kim Fox, on a fitness mission for Sport Relief
(Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders sees Kim making a shock return to Walford...

EastEnders has conformed that Walford favourite Kim Fox will soon be making a surprise return to Albert Square.

But as fans will know, a lot has changed in Walford since she left... and her arrival isn't the only surprise in store.

Kim Fox EastEnders

Kim returns from Scotland to a shock revelation (Picture: BBC / Kieron McCarron) (Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

Actress Tameka Empson, who has played Kim since 2009, went on a break from the soap in summer 2019 and has since welcomed her second child into the world.

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It has been known that Tameka would be reprising her role as Kim for a while now, with her appearing on EastEnders spin off show Secrets from the Square that aired over the summer.

Kim's back!

EastEnders has confirmed that Kim will arrive back from her time in Scotland on Monday 16th November, much to the shock of her sister, Denise.

EastEnders Denise Fox Kim Hubbard

Kim and Denise will be reunited... but a lot has changed since Kim was last in Walford (Picture: BBC)

As fans will know, Denise has been going through a tough time recently after reconnecting with the son she gave up for adoption three years ago.

Denise now has Raymond at home with her, and she is just starting to bond with the little one after he lost his adoptive parents in a car accident.

Denise realises Amy has a crush on Isaac in EastEnders

How will Kim react to the news Denise now has custody of Raymond? (Picture: BBC)

Kim is likely to be shocked to see her nephew when she arrives home, especially since she was the one who begged Denise not to put him up for adoption after giving birth.

But it's not just Denise getting custody of her and Phil's son that has changed since Kim was last in Walford.

All change in Walford 

Denise and Jack have also recently split, deciding to focus on their children rather than their relationship.

Chelsea Fox in EastEnders 2020

Chelsea is also heading back to Walford... (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

And that's not the only change heading to the Fox family.

It has also been confirmed that Denise's killer ex, Lucas Johnson is returning, as well as her eldest daughter, Chelsea Fox.

It seems there is going to be quite a family reunion for them all... and just in time for Christmas.

Kim will return to our screens on Monday 16th November at 8.05pm on BBC One.

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.