Emmerdale star teases that ‘murdered’ Joe Tate could be alive!

Joe Tate in Emmerdale shortly before he is murdered

Did Joe Tate somehow survive in Emmerdale? Will he make a dramatic comeback?!

Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins has dropped a hint that “murdered” businessman Joe Tate might make a dramatic comeback from the dead!

Cain Dingle was arrested for Joe’s murder early this week but many fans have clung onto the hope that the hugely popular character might actually be alive.

And Emma, who plays Charity Dingle, added a bit of fuel to that fire by telling the Express: “No one really knows if he’s dead and I quite like that!”

Emmerdale Emma Atkins as Charity

Emma Atkins as Charity

We do know for certain that Cain didn’t actually kill Joe and that Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) dumped Joe’s lifeless body. But did Joe some how escape?

Emma added that she thought actor Ned Porteous was great as Joe Tate, saying: “Aaah he was good wasn’t he?”

Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain, recently revealed what might happen when the mechanic finally finds out that it was Graham who murdered Joe - assuming he’s not alive!

Speaking to TV Times, Jeff said: “It’s an understatement to say he’s going to be angry. Watch out, Graham! Cain has still never killed anyone, but he could see red then.”

Meanwhile in tonight’s Emmerdale Robert hears how Aaron is worried about leaving home and bumping into Billy - part of the gang who made Aaron’s life a misery inside prison - he starts to worry about his husband’s safety.

Emmerdale, Aaron Dingle, Robert Sugden

Aaron is fearful now ex-prison inmate Billy is living in the village

With Billy seemingly going nowhere, it doesn’t look like Aaron’s nightmare is about to end…

Emmerdale continues on ITV tonight at 7pm.

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