King Tate actor and Emmerdale legend Claire King has discussed why it was so “traumatic” to film during the soap opera’s 50th anniversary windstorm.
Kim Tate, played by Claire King in Emmerdale, was the focal point of the ITV soap’s 50th anniversary special on Sunday. Kim and the charming rogue Will Taylor (played by Dean Andrews) were married in a lavish ceremony, but the day quickly turned tragic when an unforeseen storm tore through the Yorkshire Dales. As she battled wind machines throughout her storm scenes, Claire has admitted that she was left with “swollen eyes.”
During Emmerdale’s milestone special, which featured the businesswoman riding into the churchyard on a white horse, Kim and Will had the wedding of the decade.
The happy day quickly turned tragic, though, as Amelia Spencer (Daisy Campbell), who was giving birth alone in a barn, experienced a violent storm that appeared out of nowhere.
To find Amelia, Kim rode into the woods with her love rival Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton), but they both suffered serious injuries.
Kim hit her head on a rock as her horse bolted, and Harriet fell down a ditch with her quad bike landing on her.
Kim was fortunate to survive Emmerdale’s dramatic storm week, but Harriet unfortunately passed away.
When speaking with thesuns.info and other media outlets last week, Kim actress Claire admitted that filming in front of enormous wind machines was quite the challenge.
“Never mind the outcome for Kim, it almost killed me, being thrown around the woods in all that dirt, I am too old for that,” she said.
It was actually quite a test, but I was very fortunate because, as you know, I’ve been riding for most of my life, and the horse was great and it was no problem at all.
She claimed that because the scenes were shot in the summer, she had to dress in boots, jodhpurs, a top hat, and a blazer for her wedding attire, which made her “very hot.”
“I had all these layers and clothes on, and yes, it was rather sweaty,” she continued. In the woods, however, it was also extremely dusty and dry.
After filming the storm scenes, the 60-year-old actress acknowledged that she had to take antibiotics for a week because “my nose and eyes swelled up.”
After completing her course of antibiotics, Claire admitted: “I blew my nose and a huge seed pod came out and got infected in my nose. It must have blown up there due to all those wind machines.”
Although it was somewhat upsetting, Katherine Dow Blyton and I were able to laugh a little.
Katherine recently discussed her character’s departure from the popular soap opera in an interview with Radio Times.
The actress admitted, “I got very emotional reading it. “On the actual day, I was covered in blood and my hair was covered in various pieces of wood.
“Sand and other debris were literally being blown into your eyes by these large industrial wind turbines.
I was able to get through the day without crying because, when it came down to it, it wasn’t as emotional due to the technical nature of what you have to do.
When questioned about what lay ahead, Katherine acknowledged that she was eager to take some well-deserved time off.
I think I need some time to unwind and rethink what I want the next phase of my life to entail, she continued.
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