Emmerdale teases return of soap legend at Joe Tate’s masked ball – but who is behind the mask?

EMMERDALE has hinted that a legendary character is going to return to the village next month.
Multi-millionaire Joe Tate is going to throw a huge masquerade ball at Home Farm as part of the show’s huge autumn week, and now a teaser from the show has all but confirmed a whopping return.
ITV The mystery woman could be one of the soaps biggest ever returns[/caption]
It seems linked to the mysterious person Graham Foster has been calling to keep them informed in Joe’s life.
The mystery woman is seen wearing an ornate mask with her blonde hair showing in front of her red velvet hood.
But who could it be? And what connection do they have to Home Farm and Joe himself? Here are the possibilities…
Kim Tate
Rex Features Kim’s return would cause shockwaves through the village and give the show a much-needed villain[/caption]
She is the iconic soap superbitch who defines Emmerdale more than anyone else.
Played by actress Claire King, she left the soap almost 20 years ago after smacking Joe’s dad Chris over the head with a blunt object and fleeing with most of his cash in a helicopter.
She took her son James with her while Chris desperately tried crawling to stop her.

Kim’s been heard of a little since she left, most notably sending flowers to Seth Armstrong’s funeral in 2005, but she remains one of the most popular characters of all time in the show.
She is technically Joe’s step-grandmother, though hardly the caring type, even if he is her son’s nephew.
Rachel Hughes
Rex Features Rachel was killed by Graham – or was she?[/caption]
There is another blonde woman who could have been keeping a watchful eye on Joe – his mother Rachel Hughes.
Now admittedly Rachel did die in 1999 and her body was discovered at the bottom of the cliff she was shoved off by Graham Clark but stranger things have happened in Emmerdale.
The body could have been someone totally different and Rachel may have been desperate to escape Chris so faked her death.
That doesn’t explain why she didn’t come forward, but there’s plenty of time for that.
Kathy Glover
Rex Features Kathy famously clashed with Kim – so could they both return?[/caption]
She’s had more dead husbands than almost anyone else in soap and she’s yet to kill one.
One of them was Chris Tate, making her, with a bit of time gymnastics – Joe’s stepmother. With Rachel being her best friend, it would be understandable for her to want to keep an eye on him.
And she’s kept close ties to the village despite her being in Australia, with countless residents visiting her when the actors took a break from filming.
Zoe Tate
Zoe’s return has been wanted by fans for yearsYorkshire Television
There’s only one person, hair colour notwithstanding, who can really be connected to both Graham and Joe – his aunt Zoe.
The businesswoman and vet trusted Graham to look after Joe while she raised her daughter Jean in Australia, and fans have been clamouring for her to make a comeback ever since.
She left in a blaze of glory, blowing up Home Farm after selling it to the vulturous King family, so she’s no stranger to scheming to get what she wants.
But if she’s not set for a return then there is one more person who could fit the bill.



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Jean Tate
Rex Features If Jean’s taken after her parents then she’ll be a force to be reckoned with[/caption]
Joe’s cousin would be 16 by now and judging by her parents – a total hellraiser.
While Graham probably wouldn’t be keeping a teenager informed on her older cousin, there would be little stopping her from jumping on a plane to crash his party and make a spectacular return to the village she’d only known as a baby.

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