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Claire King: I'm not always bad
Claire King says she doesn't always play bad characters
Former Emmerdale star Claire King insists she doesn't always play bad women.
The 49-year-old actress, who has been appearing in Hollyoaks as a firm but fair prison governor - played superb**** Kim Tate in the Yorkshire soap for 10 years.
But while she left Kim behind in 1999, no one else has forgotten her.
Claire said: "Everyone thinks I've always played b****y characters. I mean, they're strong women, but they're not all b****y characters - they always remember Kim Tate funnily enough.
"But recently I've just been doing comedy; swinging around the pole doing The Naked Truth. Rob Ellis, one of the writers on Hollyoaks, wrote a play called Fetish Knights, which I did last month and we're going to do it again in January. It's all about Canal Street."
But the soap star admits she did love letting her b****y side out as Kim.
She said: "Kim Tate was just a fantastic character to play because she was very big, and over the top and very camp. So I seem to get cast in those sort of parts now, or working for the civil service, actually - one of the two!
"I loved playing Kim, and I got paid to ride horses all day so that was fantastic."
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