TWISTS and turns are in store for the end of the year in the Dales – but who will be involved?
From shock exits to a thunderous arrival – get the lowdown on all of Emmerdale's comings and goings.
Caleb Milligan (Will Ash) – joining
The Emmerdale line-up will be welcoming a new face in upcoming scenes as former Waterloo Road star Will Ash is taking on the role of Caleb Milligan.
As previously reported, Caleb is none other than Cain and Chas' secret brother.
A successful businessman, Caleb rocks up the village in search for answers about his blood relatives and even pays Cain a visit in prison.
But while the tough man knew about him, it's clear that Chas had no clue he even existed.
Emmerdale boss Laura Shaw teased Caleb's arrival would occur on Christmas Day.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Will Ash to the Village. It's fantastic to have such a high-calibre and immensely talented actor join our wonderful team", she said.
"Arriving on screen on Christmas Day, Caleb has to undoubtedly be the most unexpected and shocking Christmas gift Cain and Chas have ever received!"
Caleb will be in stark contrast with his quick-tempered brother Cain as he'll supposedly be "calm and in control" but also "rich and successful."
"His arrival certainly promises to shake things up for the Dingles and make 2023 start off with a huge bang!", Laura promised.
What trouble will he bring to the Dingles?
Priya Sharma (Fiona Wade) – leaving
More than a decade has passed since Fiona Wade first stepped into Emmerdale and the soap star has decided it's time for her to move on.
According to recent reports, the actress has quit her role as Priya Sharma.
She's due to leave in upcoming months but her exit storyline has yet to be revealed.
For the past year, the wedding planner was focusing on her long-term recovery from burns sustained in the maze fire in October, 2021.
How will her exit play out?
Could viewers see Fiona in yet another soap role?
Kerry Wyatt (Laura Norton) – left
Laura Norton is on maternity leave after she announced her pregnancy.
Her and her partner (former co-star Mark Jordon) welcomed a daughter named Ronnie in October.
On-screen, however, Kerry was met with major heartbreak when she found out her late boyfriend Al Chapman had been unfaithful to her.
Her long-lost daughter Chloe Harris made the discovery but had no clue who could be the businessman's mystery lover.
As viewers know, Al was planning to leave Emmerdale with Chas Dingle and her daughter Eve.
In the aftermath of Al's secrets being revealed, Kerry found herself demoralised and, unable to cope, she decided to leave the Dales.
She took a job on a cruise ship, leaving Chloe and her eldest daughter Amy behind.
Can soap fans expect to see more of her?
Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) – left
Much like Laura Norton, actress Michelle Hardwick left the ITV village to go on maternity leave at the end of November.
The soap star gave birth to her second child with Emmerdale producer Kate Brooks at the same time her final scenes were aired.
The village vet left the village for a year-long job in Canada after falling out with her pal Rhona Goskirk.
Her relationship with Suzy Merton was also impacted due to a lack of trust as she feared the newcomer would become addicted to drugs again.
But Vanessa eventually made up with Rhona and even shared a final kiss with Suzy before departing with her son Johnny.
Will she return?
Tracy Metcalfe (Amy Walsh) – returned
After finding out that her fiancé Nate had been unfaithful to her, Tracy struggles to forgive his lies and kicks him out of their home.
But when she is offered a new job in Nottingham, Tracy weighs out the pros and the cons before deciding to leave the Dales.
Tracy's exit storyline aired on screens in January, 2022, as both Nate and her sister Vanessa tried to convinced her to stay.
The former then had a change of heart and encouraged Tracy to shoot her shot and go pursue her dream job.
Tracy left the village with her daughter Frankie.
Off-screen, however, actress Amy Walsh left on maternity leave.
She welcomed her first child after a "tough" birth with partner and EastEnders star Toby-Alexander Smith in January, 2022.
During her Emmerdale exit chat, Amy teased a potential return for her character.
"If she fails, then she can always come back, which she will probably do in about a year's time!"
In recent weeks, Nate found out through Tracy that she has a new fella in her life – while Toby-Alexander Smith has been rumoured to join the Emmerdale cast as his other half's on-screen boyfriend.
Tracy made an explosive return ahead of Emmerdale's anniversary, shocking viewers and former fiancé Nate Robinson when she announced she was engaged to another man – but this didn't stop her from shacking up with Nate.
Ready to rekindle their relationship, she was shocked to see Nate alongside his new girlfriend Naomi Anderson.
Hurt, Tracy made the decision to pack up and return to Nottingham.
Could she return?
Naomi Walters (Karene Peter) – joined
Speaking of Naomi, actress Karene Peter made her Emmerdale debut in July, 2022, a year after she was first mentioned to her on-screen long-lost father Charles.
The village vicar went on a mission to try and find her when he was told she could be in trouble.
He eventually found her working at a bar but their first encounter led to her losing her job.
A penniless Naomi ventured into Emmerdale to get money from Charles while Manpreet Sharma was convinced she was on the same path as her murderous sister Meena Jutla.
Naomi was accused of attacking Charles, which was later found to be untrue.
Unfortunately for her, Naomi was caught up with the past when Nicola King recognised her as one of the girls who assaulted and mugged her earlier in the year.
Naomi stood trial alongside her former friends but was found not guilty.
As mentioned above, she's been involved romantically with Nate Robinson and is finding her mark in the village.
How will she get on in upcoming weeks?
Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) – left
The village veteran revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer over the summer, with Moira Barton (portrayed by Natalie J. Robb) being the only one she trusted with her secret.
Faith came clean about her condition to the rest of her family during a birthday party at The Woolpack, leaving her children, Cain and Chas, devastated.
To make matters worse, Faith later decided to give up on chemotherapy as she was told she was terminally ill, thus confirming that actress Sally Dexter will be leaving the show.
Since then, she has been trying to make memories with her loved ones, sometimes wreaking havoc along the way.
But in recent scenes of the Yorkshire-based drama, the character made the harrowing decision to die on her own terms by committing suicide.
Sally Dexter bowed out of the soap in heart-breaking scenes aired in October, ahead of the show's 50th anniversary.
She was later given a joint funeral with Liv Flaherty.
The 62-year-old actress made her debut in February, 2017, before leaving the show a first time two years later.
She reprised her role in 2021.
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