Emmerdale confirm Claire King has returned to filming after shielding

Emmerdale, Kim Tate

The legendary Kim Tate will be back on our screens next month...

Emmerdale star Claire King has returned to filming for the first time since lockdown.

The actress, who plays the legendary Kim Tate in the soap, was forced to stay at home despite filming resuming because she was shielding.

Kim Tate Emmerdale ITV

Scheming Kim will soon be back in the village as Claire King returns to filming (Picture: ITV)

Claire had been classed as vulnerable by doctors because of her arthritis, but she has thankfully been given the all clear to return to the set.

A new way of filming 

Fans are starting to get used to the new way soaps are filmed since returning to filming after coronavirus saw studios across the world close.

Jamie and Belle Emmerdale

Emmerdale is now filming with social distancing in place to protect cast and crew on set (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

There are now strict social distancing measures in place to keep cast and crew safe and healthy, and some scenes have had to be re-written to fit in with government guidelines.

Jamie's troubles 

Emmerdale fans have watched Kim's son Jamie struggling to keep the dark secret safe that he was responsible for Moira's hit and run.

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But while his girlfriend, Belle Dingle, has been by his side, Kim has been notably absent throughout his troubles.

Jamie Tate and Belle Dingle

Jamie has been hiding the secret that he was responsible for Moira's hit and run accident (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Executive producer Jane Hudson told the press: "Kim's back on screen next month. We're story lining March at the moment, so she has been back for ages!"

And it seems there could be romance on the cards when Kim does eventually return...

Jane continued: "Kim always has her eye on her next man and there is one lined up.

"I think that's going to surprise people when they see where Kim goes next."

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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.