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Casting news: Rik Makarem returns to Emmerdale

There's more #SharmaDrama in store when Nikhil arrives back in the Village...

After two years away, Rik Makarem will reprise his role of Nikhil Sharma in an exciting upcoming storyline.

Following the tragic death of his dear wife, Gennie, Nikhil and daughter Molly began a new life in Canada - far away from the painful memories of the Village. So what could possibly pull Nikhil back to the place he so desperately needed to get away from, andexactly what reception might he return to?

Speaking ahead of his return, Rik said: "With fresh energy and wisdom from playing other characters, I'm over the moon to be re-investing in Nikhil. Emmerdale is fantastic at character driven stories and for any actor, this is massively rewarding."

Emmerdale is fantastic at character driven stories and for any actor, this is massively rewarding.

Rik Makarem, on the return of Nikhil Sharma

Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer said: "I am thrilled to be welcoming Rik back. Nikhil previously left Emmerdale under sad circumstances as he continued to grieve for his wife Gennie, but with strong family roots still in the Village it was inevitable that he would reappear. But with Jai off the rails, Rishi at his wit's end and Priya flaunting her new-found ambitions, what will he make of the family he left behind?"

Rik will begin filming this month, so stay tuned to see Nikhil's return to the Village in Autumn.

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