Ross Adams pushed for Claire King's 'Emmerdale' return "years ago".
The 'Hollyoaks' star - who plays Scott Drinkwell on the E4 show - has opened up on the actress' upcoming comeback as Kim Tate next week, and revealed it could have happened much earlier when he was working as a storyliner on the ITV soap.
Writing in his latest column for OK! Magazine he said: "Years ago, when I was storylining 'Emmerdale', I actually pitched a story for Kim Tate's comeback - which at the time didn't happen, but I'm so glad it now finally is."
He bumped into Claire at the TV Choice Awards last month, and he was "super excited" to hear about her return, while admitting Kim is amongst his favourite ever soap villains.
He added: "Her character, Kim Tate, was one of my all time favourite soap villains EVER, and seeing the promo this week on TV announcing her return has got me ridiculously giddy and I can't wait to see what the writers have in store for her."
The pair previously appeared together in BBC comedy 'The Gemma Factor' - in which she played his mum - and it appears they have remained friends ever since.
He said: "We've stayed in touch ever since and it was so nice to see her again and catch up."
His comments come after Claire revealed she knew about her 'Emmerdale' return for "about a year".
She recently said: "I left 'Corrie' in 2017 and had to wait until things settled down a bit as I needed some time in between, but I've known I was coming back to 'Emmerdale' for about a year. It's been really hard to stay quiet - I did tell my parents and my partner, but no one else. Now it's out friends are furiously texting me!"