Emmerdale star Claire King claims cancer is ‘nature’s payback for mistreating planet’

Emmerdale: Claire King reveals reason for Kim Tate's return

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Emmerdale star Claire King has said that she doesn’t take life for granted anymore after losing friends to cancer. The actress, who is best known for playing Kim Tate in the ITV soap opera, made her comments 18 months after the death of her pal and former co-star Leah Bracknell.

Claire said her death had made her take stock of her own life.

She said it was important to enjoy your time as much as possible and be kind to other people, particularly as we live through the coronavirus pandemic.

The 58-year-old also spoke about the environment and how we need to change our attitude towards it.

“Cancer hits one in two, which is just horrendous,” the ITV soap star said.

“I think that’s a lot to do with how we are treating the planet.

“We’ve mistreated the planet and this is nature’s payback,” she told OK! magazine.

“We’re not doing ourselves any good – says she who drinks and smokes – but we’ve all got to play our part in this and it becomes very poignant when you lose a good friend,” she went on to say.

Claire’s character Kim arrived in Emmerdale back in 1989, alongside Leah, who played her step daughter Zoe Tate.

Tragically Leah died of cancer in 2019 at the age of 55.

She had appeared in the long-running programme until 2005.

Claire left the show six years prior to Leah’s exit and after a decade playing Kim.

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Two years ago, her character made an eventful return.

She is now at the centre of a big storyline alongside her on-screen son Jamie, played by Alex Lincoln.

He has discovered Gabby (Rosie Bentham) is pregnant following a one-night stand, but he does not want to be involved in the baby’s life.

The child will be a new grandchild for Kim.

Claire said she was “thrilled” to have a good plot to tackle following her return.

However, she admitted that a lot has changed since she was on the show 20 years ago.

The most notable difference is that the programme had gone from two episodes a week to every weeknight.

The consequence being that she has so many lines to learn in between filming.

Emmerdale continues tonight at 7pm on ITV.

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