Soap star, 55, Claire King, may have been given a boost by a facelift in the past but now she says she's quite happy to grow old without cosmetic enhancements.
Actress Claire King has vowed to grow old disgracefully and will never have plastic surgery again. Five years ago, the former Emmerdale star decided to undergo a mini facelift after work dried up and she felt like she was competing at auditions against other actors who had gone under the knife.
Her confidence was already at rock bottom following the breakdown of her marriage to her former Emmerdale co-star Peter Amory – and a sudden lack of work left her confidence in tatters. But the single-stitch facelift procedure gave her the boost she needed and she soon landed the role of Erica in Coronation Street. Now with her career flying high again, Claire, 55, says she is finally comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t feel the need for surgery. Instead she is concentrating on looking after herself and treating herself every so often to non-surgical treatments for a youthful glow without erasing her wrinkles.
“I had invasive surgery. It was temporary and it did the job at the time, but it’s not the thing for me,” she explains. “I’ve got rheumatoid arthritis so I have a low immune system. I can’t risk it again.” After years being known as Emmerdale’s uber-glam super-bitch Kim Tate, the fact those roles were no longer open to her as she grew older knocked her confidence. “I was going to castings and meeting old friends with new faces. I had low confidence, I’d been through a bad time. Surgery was good for getting me through that transition period.
“Once you get into your 40s you feel a bit lost. There are good parts for a certain few, but it is always the same faces. So I thought am I going from the hotpot in my youth to Driving Miss Daisy? There was no in-between.” But five years on she is in a new relationship and priorities have changed. She prefers a quiet life and also cares for her elderly parents. “I spend more time in hospitals than I do at parties,” she laughs. “I’ve got a chap who doesn’t give a damn about the celeb side of things, so it keeps you grounded.” But that doesn’t mean Claire doesn’t want to look her best.
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