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Emmerdale star Claire King reveals she was ATTACKED with umbrellas for playing ‘vile’ Kim Tate 

Claire King has revealed the abuse she has received for playing Kim TateClaire King has revealed the abuse she has received for playing Kim Tate [Dave J Hogan/Getty Images]

Claire King has revealed how she was attacked in the street with umbrellas for playing a nasty character.

The 57 year old actress reprised her role as Kim Tate in ITV soap Emmerdale last year.

Kim returned to the show in October for a brief stint, before making her permanent comeback last week.

Claire revealed she was hit with umbrellas in an interview on This MorningClaire revealed she was hit with umbrellas in an interview on This Morning [ITV]

Claire has now opened up on being attacked for playing the villainous character between 1989 and 1999.

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Taking to Friday’s This Morning, she discussed the abuse she’d receive with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

She said: “People used to hit me over the head with umbrellas in the old days because they couldn’t believe how vile she was.”

Claire returned to Emmerdale as Kim in OctoberClaire returned to Emmerdale as Kim in October [Jeff Spicer/Getty Images]

Admitting that she still receives abuse, Claire continued: “Now it seems to be less physical and more behind the keyboard but I don’t pay attention to it.”

Discussing Kim’s recent return to the soap, Claire revealed that her character has “mellowed” and that she has developed a soft spot for her.

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She spilled: “I do actually like her, I think there’s a bit of a softer side to her.”

Claire originally played Kim from 1989 to 1999Claire originally played Kim from 1989 to 1999 [HGL/GC Images]

Teasing what is to come for Kim, Claire revealed that she is out for revenge against one of the soap world’s most beloved families — the Dingles.

She said: “She’s got it in for Cain but Cain’s got it in for her, so of course she’s going to reciprocate that.

“She’s going to get revenge, the Dingles has better watch out,” she continued to divulge.

Emmerdale continues weeknights at 7pm on ITV. This Morning airs Sunday-Friday at 10:30am on ITV.

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