Emmerdale’s Michael Wildman teases comeback after quitting soap last year

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Michael Wildman attends the British Soap Awards 2022 at Hackney Empire on June 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

EMMERDALE actor Michael Wildman has teased his return to the ITV soap.

Michael, who played villainous businessman Al Chapman, quit the show last October.

Emmerdale actor Michael Wildman has teased his soap return

His evil character Al Chapman was killed off last year

The soap star’s mum was said to be “in tears” after his evil character was killed off.

Yet now he has teased he could come back from the dead.

In a chat with BBC Radio Oxford he admitted to causing “havoc” in the Dales.

He confessed: “I was only meant to be here for about six months,” to which the presenter replied: “Three years?”

He confirmed: “Three and a half years because he [Al] just kept getting into trouble basically.”

After being quizzed if he would do another soap, he added: “I can’t go to the dark side.

“I have to represent Emmerdale.

“There’s always a chance I can come back like Bobby Ewng in the shower you know.

“That’s what I am holding out for.”

The star was referring to the Dallas character, who was killed off then surprisingly re-appeared in a scene filmed in his ex wife’s shower.

Last October, his character Al became the fourth character in a month to be killed off as part of the show’s 50th birthday celebrations.

The dramatic episode in question saw Cain Dingle, armed with a gun, discover his sister Chas was secretly dating Al.

The two feuding men had a fight which ended with Al being shot dead.

At the time, a source said: “Michael has really enjoyed his time at Emmerdale but it’s the right thing to move on.

“He’s had some massive storylines but all good things must come to an end.”

Previously talking to the Mirror about Al’s dramatic departure, Michael said: “My biggest thing now is picking up the pieces for Mum, as she is going to be crying like crazy. But I don’t think many others are going to be gutted Al is dead.

“Al and Cain have been at loggerheads on and off for two years. They have done a lot of talking, there has been a lot of banter but ultimately, Al was blinded by love.

“He had fallen heavily for Chas and this was his downfall. Al and Cain had no room left for talk. They wanted a scrap but until last night, they didn’t know where that fight would end.

“I wanted Al to go out with a bang, and last night he most definitely did.”

He added how emotional he was filming his final scenes but agreed with soap’s bosses that it was the right time for Al to go.

Michael is a well-established actor with previously appearances including in the Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One, and as Magorian in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Michael said he was ‘holding out’ hoping his character will return from the dead

He was only due to star in the Dales for six months but ended up saying for three years
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