Emmerdale recasts Thomas King for new storyline

Emmerdale is set to reintroduce Thomas King after a decade away from the village.

Most recently portrayed by Mark Flanagan, the role of killer Carl King's son has already been played by two other actors, Jack Ferguson and Connor Hill, who appeared as younger versions of the character.

Now, newcomer James Chase is set to step into Tom's shoes and he is expected to make his big entrance next month, The Sun reports.

The last time soap fans caught a glimpse of him, Tom managed to seduce Belle Dingle before stealing a camper van off Dan Spencer and fleeing to Saudi Arabia where his mum Colleen King lived.

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Apparently, Emmerdale viewers should prepare for an "explosive" and potentially chaotic return for Tom, as his uncle Jimmy King questions the motives behind his reappearance in the village.

The news comes after executive producer Jane Hudson told the same publication that the writers were "working on summer storylines" and that she "always likes to have a summer spectacular" in the pipeline.

Asked about potential blasts from the past, she teased: "Ooh, I can't tell you. We're working on June storylines at the minute and I thought about a return, 'Viewers would love that'".

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Conveniently, Eden Taylor-Draper's character Belle is said to be in the mood for love in the near future too, which may coincide with Tom's comeback.

"We've got a bit of summer lovin' for Belle," Hudson shared. "You'll need to see but yes, that is going to happen. Belle is finally going to fall in love.

"Don't say 'aw' too soon, you never know what might happen. But it could be the most perfect relationship ever."

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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