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Rik Makarem returns to Emmerdale as Nikhil Sharma

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Rik Makarem returns to Emmerdale as Nikhil Sharma

Rik Makarem is to reprise his role as Nikhil Sharma in 'Emmerdale'.

The 33-year-old actor - who played Nikhil from 2008 to 2013 - is set to return to the ITV soap later this year after his character fled the dales following the death of his wife Gennie to start a new life in Canada with their daughter Molly.

Rik said of his return: "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."

Rik is set to reprise his role as the much-loved Nikhil as part of an exciting storyline and will begin filming this month.

'Emmerdale' series producer Kate Oates 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?"

Since leaving 'Emmerdale', Rik has starred in a number of theatre productions including 'The Dishwashers', 'Dead Simple' and 'Passing By'.