Emmerdale star Emma Atkins reveals HUGE twist in Charity’s adoption storyline

Charity Dingle in Emmerdale
(Image credit: ITV)

A shock return leaves Charity's adoption plans in jeopardy...

Emmerdale favourite Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) has been desperately trying to track down Kirin Kotecha so that she can get his permission to adopt Vanessa Woodfield's (Michelle Hardwick) son.

But just when she gives up on her search next week, who should turn up in Emmerdale out of the blue but Johnny's biological dad.

Kirin Kotecha in Emmerdale

Kirin is back to cause drama for Charity (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

"Even though Charity has been trying to track Kirin down, she doesn't realise he is already lurking close by," says Emma Atkins, who plays the desperate Dingle. 

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"At this point Charity is delighted she has passed the background checks and she’s fairly certain that Kirin won’t risk coming back to the village. You can imagine her shock when she comes face to face with him."

Kirin not back for his son... he wants money 

But after years on the run for manslaughter, Kirin is a changed man and he desperately needs cash.

After failing to demand money from Priya, Kirin tries his luck with Charity…

"Priya has already warned Kirin off, but he is greedy for some fast cash and wants to exhort money from Charity," says Emma.

Kirin Kotecha as back in Emmerdale

Kirin is back, but it's not Johnny he wants, it's cash (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Charity’s left reeling when Kirin tells her he’ll make it impossible for her to adopt Johnny unless she pays him a huge amount of money and, with no choice, Charity tries to find the cash.

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"Charity is appalled with how mercenary he is," continues Emma. "His desperation is shocking and we soon see a dark side of Kirin emerge."

Charity Dingle

Charities shocked when Kirin shows his true colours (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

But getting your hands on that sort of money at short notice isn’t easy, even when you’re a Dingle, and when Charity later hands over the money, Kirin isn’t happy to realise she’s failed to get the whole amount. 

Charity gets desperate 

Desperate to not lose her chance to adopt Johnny, Charity resorts to plan B…

"She goes straight to Chas and asks to borrow the money from the Woolpack safe, but Paddy’s outraged that she wants to pay off the man who is on the run for manslaughter."

Tracy Metcalfe in Emmerdale

Will the police catch up with Kirin after all this time? (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Things turn nasty when Charity still can’t raise the full amount, leaving Kirin fuming.

But his problems are about to get even worse when Tracy arrives with the police not far behind her. 

Will the police finally catch up with killer Kirin after all these years? 

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.