Coronation Street star Claire King: 'Surgery gave my career a lift'
Coronation Street star Claire King has said she was ready to quit acting before a facelift breathed new life into her career.
The 52-year-old actress was a regular on TV for years and played Kim Tate on Emmerdale for a decade.
However, she revealed "the phone stopped ringing" when she hit her mid-40s and she considered quitting the profession before she landed her current role on Coronation Street.
Recalling the moment she was invited to audition to join the Weatherfield cast last year, she said: "My heart leapt, but I promised myself that if I didn't get it, I would give up the job I loved - I would quit acting."
Before her facelift she had struggled to find acting work and was so low she did not even want to leave the house.
"It was the most vulnerable time of my life. It felt as if my industry didn't want me anymore, it hit me in the heart," added King.
"I felt so low and unsure of myself that I didn't want to leave the house.
"Sometimes I couldn't even afford to - I didn't have enough money to fill the car with petrol."
In February 2013 she decided to go on the Sky Living show, Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me, which showed her at a Harley Street clinic getting a mini-facelift.
"Although my older peers had warned me that when actresses reach the big Five-0, work often starts to dry up, I couldn't imagine it ever happening to me," said King.
"But then, a few years before I'd even reached that landmark birthday, the phone stopped ringing. It was as sudden as a tap being turned off. I was devastated."
King underwent a suspension facelift, where a simple stitch is placed under each cheek to pull up the lower half of the face.
"When I looked at my double chin and sagging jawline, I was prepared to try a cosmetic procedure to improve my chances of being offered new parts in the job I loved.
"My life started to take off again. I felt happier and more upbeat."