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Zoe Tate is a fictional character from the British soap opera Emmerdale , played by Leah Bracknell. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 12 December 1989. Zoe was involved in many major storylines during her time on the show, including the deaths of her father and brother Frank ( Norman Bowler ) and Chris ( Peter Amory ), the betrayal and departure of her stepmother Kim ( Claire King ), coming out as gay and a battle with schizophrenia. She departed on 22 September 2005.
Two years after graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and having only done theatre and commercial work, Bracknell was cast in the role of Zoe.  She made her first on screen appearance on 12 December 1989. 
Zoe arrived in the village a month after her father, Frank ( Norman Bowler ), stepmother Kim ( Claire King ) and brother Chris ( Peter Amory ) moved into Home Farm.  Chris and Zoe's mother, Jean, died of cancer.  In his book, 30 Years of Emmerdale , Lance Parkin described Zoe as "charitable and reasonable compared with the other Tates".  He said while Zoe had a romantic streak, she also had a dark side, which often saw her become moody and angry.  Zoe stuck up for what she believed in and was committed to animal rights and welfare.