Kim Tate returns to Emmerdale

Claire King ditches surgery in favour of growing old gracefully

The actress has said she will not be getting any plastic surgery and that she wants to "just be me"

Claire King finds it “liberating” to grow old gracefully.

The 57-year-old soap star will return to Emmerdale this week – almost 20 years after she quit the show before making a brief comeback last year – as the evil Kim Tate.

While she had a mini face lift six years ago for Sky Living’s Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me, the effects were temporary and she’s now more accepting of her own looks.

Claire had a temporary face lift 6 years ago but now accepts her own looks (Credit: YouTube/ITV)

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She told Closer magazine: “I don’t have fillers or Botox. I’ve tried things in the past for a boost, but now I’ve decided to ditch surgery and just be me.

“It’s liberating – I’ve become a flag-bearer for that sort of thing.

“I’ve got more jowls and saggy bits, but the lines on my face show what I’ve been through.”

Despite being comfortable in her own skin, Claire admitted she was nervous about stepping back into the spotlight after so long.

The star made her debut in Emmerdale 30 years ago (Credit: ITV/Emmerdale)

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She added: “It’s been a long time since I was on screen properly. I’m nearly twice the age I was at the height of Kim Tate, nobody can deny it.

“I’m getting older, but we all get wrinkles, it’s just a part of life.”

And the actress is excited to make a full time return to the Dales, as she added it is “lovely to be back”.

She said: “It feels like getting back into a comfy pair of slippers – or a pair of old riding boots, I should say!

“It’s lovely to be back, the workload is double now, but it feels good to be kept on my toes. People love to hate Kim, and I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for her.”

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