The original cast member, who plays Kelly Severide, took a leave of absence in January
Taylor Kinney is returning to Firehouse 51.
The actor, 42, who portrays Lieutenant Kelly Severide in NBC’s Chicago Fire, will be back in season 12 following the hiatus from the hit NBC procedural he took earlier in the year, PEOPLE has learned.
A source close to the production of Chicago Fire previously confirmed to PEOPLE in January that Kinney was taking a leave of absence from the series. The time off pertained to him needing to "deal with a personal matter," although no further information was shared at the time.
His character’s absence on the show was somewhat explained in a season 11 episode as having to do with a last-minute opportunity for Severide to attend “the best arson investigation training program in the world.” But when Severide didn't return to Chicago after the program wrapped, his wife, Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), and fans alike were concerned.
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Showrunners and writers of the Chicago-set shows returned to work in early October.
All three shows are expected to return to NBC following the SAG/AFTRA strike. In the meantime, they can be streamed on Peacock.
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