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Could Kim Tate be returning to Emmerdale?!

Claire King has quit Coronation Street after her character Erica Holroyd left the cobbles, but could that mark a return to Emmerdale as Kim Tate?

Claire has starred as Erica Holroyd on Coronation Street since December 2014, originally joining the cast as a friend of Liz McDonald who had worked in her bar in Spain.

Since then, she's had a relationship with Nick Tilsley and suffered a tragic miscarriage before finding love with Dev. Until she started fancying Kevin, but he wasn't interested and now she's off.

Claire has starred as Erica for the last nearly three years (Credit: ITV/ Coronation Street)

Claire revealed that the reason she left the show was actually down to the writers of the show - she called Erica a "pinball" character with nothing holding her down, saying: "I just thought right, this isn't the character that originally started."

But of course, talk soon moved to her iconic Emmerdale character, Kim Tate.

Kim was one of the original "evil women" of soap - and the last time Emmerdale fans saw her, she was escaping in a helicopter after trying to bump off her stepson in 1999.

WATCH: Kim Tate's exit (1999) - Emmerdale

And when Ben Shephard and Kate Garroway asked whether there could be a Dales return on the cards, Claire didn't exactly shut down the talk.

She said: "I think the rumours started because the family in Emmerdale are moving out and I happen to be leaving Corrie at the same time.

"People have put two and two together I guess – but I will say this, the door to Emmerdale is not locked. So never say never!"

Kim teased us on GMB this morning (Credit: ITV/ Good Morning Britain)

EEK.

But before you get your hopes too high, Claire did add that she has a pretty busy schedule coming up - so it may not be anytime soon.

She said: "I'm actually quite busy at the moment. I'm off to do panto in Belfast, which I'm looking forward to as I have a lot of friends there.

"I've also got a film coming out in the autumn called Milk and Honey and I've also got a new TV series and documentary coming out. So, yes, I'm very busy.

"And whenever I do have some free time to myself, I like to sneak in a trip to Spain."

She tried to bump off this guy (Credit: ITV/ Emmerdale)

WELL. We wish we could sneak in a trip to Spain.

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