Claire King reveals she was hit over the head with an umbrella by a fan

Emmerdale star Claire King admits fans often forget Kim Tate isn't real... as she recalls the moment one hit her with an umbrella because she was 'cruel' to screen husband Frank

By Sophie Law For Mailonline

Published: 00:43 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 01:04 BST, 1 April 2019

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She's recently returned to Emmerdale after a 20-year hiatus since first appearing on our screens in 1989.

And Claire King reveals she was so convincing as Kim Tate in the soap that she has been attacked by viewers who mistook her for the villainous character, with one hitting her over the head because she she was unpleasant to former screen husband Frank Tate.  

The 57-year-old told OK! Magazine: 'Some people think I'm really Kim Tate because they forget the show isn't real life. 

Stunning: Claire King reveals she was so convincing as Kim Tate in the soap that she has been attacked by viewers who mistook her for the villainous character

Stunning: Claire King reveals she was so convincing as Kim Tate in the soap that she has been attacked by viewers who mistook her for the villainous character

'I was hit over the head with an umbrella in M&S by an old lady once because Kim had been cruel to Frank.' 

Claire is often spotted in public by Emmerdale fans, which is why the actress bought a luxury four-bedroom villa in southern Spain.  

Speaking of the new purchase, she said: 'I do get recognised a lot, which is one of the reasons I chose a place so remote'.  

The actress reveals she was nervous to step back into role of evil Kim after such a long time spent away from the soap. 

Shock: Emmerdale's Claire King, 57, revealed on Friday's This Morning she was so convincing playing her evil alter-ego Kim Tate that she has been physically attacked by viewers

Shock: Emmerdale's Claire King, 57, revealed on Friday's This Morning she was so convincing playing her evil alter-ego Kim Tate that she has been physically attacked by viewers

She said: 'I was nervous about doing the role justice again. A lot has changed since I've been away. 

'Everybody's a critic now thanks to social

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