Emmerdale’s Claire King says she was battered in a supermarket by a viewer who hated her character Kim Tate

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EMMERDALE’S Claire King says she was battered in a supermarket by a viewer who hated her feisty character Kim Tate.

The 57-year-old actress told this week’s OK! that she was cornered in a branch of Marks & Spencer and thrashed with an umbrella because of one of Kim’s storylines.

Claire bought a villa in southern Spain so she wasn’t recognised

She explained: “Some people think I’m really Kim Tate because they forget the show isn’t real life.

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

In fact, Claire said she found being spotted by viewers such a problem that she bought a four-bedroom villa in southern Spain.

The star explained: “I do get recognised a lot, which is one of the reasons I chose a place so remote.”

The actress said she wound up some Emmerdale viewers as Kim Tate

Claire also admitted she was nervous about returning to Emmerdale after so long away – because of the cruel comments that can be slung at performers in the internet age.

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 media and some of the comments can be very cutting.”

Claire recently described Kim as a “hurricane” on This Morning saying: “She’s got it in for Cain but Cain’s got it in for her, so of course she’s going to reciprocate that.

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Claire called her character a real moo on This Morning last month[/caption]

“She’s going to get revenge, the Dingles had better watch out.”

However, she added: “I do like her, I think she can be a real moo most of the time. But I do actually like her as I think there is a softer side to her.”

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Claire appears in the current issue of OK! magazine[/caption]

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