Claire King thinks Kim Tate will “be the most hated person in the country”.
The Emmerdale star is set to return to the ITV soap this week, and she has joked her “super bitch” alter ego – who will set her sights on tempting Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) away from his romance with Megan Macey (Gaynor Faye) – can take over from US President Donald Trump “for a while”.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: “Coming back to Emmerdale was very daunting but the best decision I’ve ever made.
“It’s so much fun playing a soap super bitch as you can get away with saying things you’d get a deserved slap for in real life! I don’t think she could be any bitchier – she just sees her goal and aims for it no matter who’s in the way.
“And I think she’ll probably be the most hated person in the country for a while, until we see a softer side (and yes, she does have one!) I think Donald Trump can relax for a while!”
The 56-year-old actress is glad to be heading back to the Yorkshire Dales, having first spent a decade on the soap after her debut in 1989, before her alter ego returned again for a cameo appearance last year.
Meanwhile, she insisted she is “totally different” to her character, and quipped that the only similarities are their identical looks.
She added: “It’s odd to think people get a little confused between fact and fiction and think I’m like Kim, heaven forbid! I’d need a bodyguard if I were!
“Apart from looking like her, I am totally different. I’m way more down to earth and far lower maintenance!”
Kim is due to return to Emmerdale this week after being released from prison.
Her return in October 2018 lasted just a week and in that time she survived being pushed off the balcony by Faith Dingle, set up feuds with the entire village, and ordered Graham to kill her step-grandson Joe.
She then returned to prison for six months as she was caught driving her flashy sports car without insurance but before she left she asked Graham to help her find her son who she had lost contact with.
Emmerdale airs Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode on Thursday at 8pm.
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