Claire King

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Claire King
Born Jayne Claire Seed
(1963-01-10) 10 January 1963 (age 55)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Notable work Kim Tate in Emmerdale
Karen Betts in Bad Girls
Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street
Television Emmerdale (1989–1999)
Bad Girls (2000–2004)
Strictly Come Dancing (2006)
Safari School (2007)
Celebrity Big Brother (2014)
Coronation Street (2014–2017)
Spouse(s) Peter Amory
(m. 1994; separated 2004)

Claire King (born Jayne Claire Seed on 10 January 1963[1])[2] is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Kim Tate in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and Karen Betts in Bad Girls. She has appeared in the fourth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, Safari School in 2007, and Celebrity Big Brother 14 in 2014. She played Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street from 2014 until 2017.

She has appeared in Panto at Grand Opera House Belfast in 2017 as the Magcial Mermaid in Peter Pan.

Early life and early career[edit]

King grew up in Harrogate with her brother and sister. King attended Harrogate Ladies College, and as a punk chose a career in the music business, as a disc jockey in a Leeds nightclub. She then managed, sang and played keyboards in the Alternative Pop group Fidei and later To Be Continued as lead singer.[3]

Her career moved her to London, where she lived with Geoff Bird, alias guitarist Cobalt Stargazer of the group Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction.[citation needed] After making her acting debut in the Adam & the Ants video Goody Two Shoes as the blonde girl with the glasses, after previously dancing in one of Zodiac Mindwarp's videos, the relationship broke down and she became a Rock n Roll Groupie.[citation needed] After a series of short term relationships, she decided to become an actress, but when she tried to register with actors union Equity, she found there was already another Claire Seed, so changed her name to King in light of her love of horse racing (the sport of kings) and her favourite singer Elvis Presley.[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

In 1987, King played a role in the film Eat the Rich.

In 1988, King appeared in an episode of Wish Me Luck as a Cinema Usherette. In 1989, she appeared in the film Cold Light of Day as a Prostitute. Soon after she joined the cast of the ITV soap opera Emmerdale as Kim Tate a role she played for ten years before leaving the show in 1999. She had a role in an episode of Babes in the Wood as Angela.

In 2000, she joined the cast of Bad Girls playing wing governor Karen Betts. She left the programme in 2004 after four years on the show. In 2002, she appeared in an episode of Doctors as Jenny Hennessey in the episode "Into The Shadows". In 2004, King had a role in an episode of the sitcom Down to Earth as Paula Wakeman and appeared in one episode of Dalziel and Pascoe as Louise Russell in the episode entitled: "Still Waters". Later that year, King played Madeline Jackson-Carter in four episodes of the hit drama TV show The Courtroom. In 2005, she appeared as Andrea Mason QC, a barrister for Justin Burton in 6 episodes of the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She later appeared as Janice Perry in an episode of Holby City called "Not Another Car Wreck". She appeared in The Afternoon Play in the episode "The Good Citizen" as Joanna Clay as well as Sally Parker in an episode of TV series Donovan.

In 2006, King participated and appeared in the fourth series of the BBC reality show Strictly Come Dancing she finished overall in sixth place. King also appeared in 5 episodes of Hollyoaks: In The City as business woman Stella and as Gina in an episode of Mayo in Episode 1.7. In 2007, she was a contestant in the BBC Two reality-television show Safari School filmed in South African bush where she finished in third place overall. King appeared in two episodes of the TV show The Pyramid Game.

In 2008, King appeared in an episode of the medical drama The Royal as Lucy Bayliss in the episode "Slings And Arrows". In 2008, King appeared as a panellist on the Channel 5 topical debate show The Wright Stuff for two episodes and on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. She appeared in the documentary Emmerdale 50000 promoting five thousand episodes of the TV Program.

King, has appeared on lunch time chat show Loose Women several times as a guest. She was a guest panellist in 2012 to mark 40 years of Emmerdale, and returned in August 2017 for two further guest panellist appearences. She has also appeared on day-time TV Show This Morning several times.

In 2010, King appeared and starred in the BBC Three sitcom The Gemma Factor as Betsy. King appeared in the topical debate show The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 as a panellist for one episode. She later went on a UK and Ireland tour of the comedy play The Naked Truth along with Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton. In 2012, she appeared as a Governor in an episode of Hollyoaks. She had a role in the film The Wedding Video as Gina. She appeared in the documentary Emmerdale at 40: The Headline Makers marking 40 years of the soap opera. In 2013, she appeared as Geraldine Worthing in an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty and appeared in two episodes of Daybreak.

King has appeared in several pantomime productions including Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White.

In 2014, King appeared in an episode of Pointless in a Soap-Star special edition.

She also appeared in the Channel 5 documentary presented by Actress and Author Joan Collins TV's Nastiest Villains.

King entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete in the fourteenth series on 18 August 2014 as a Housemate but left the show on Day 16 due to illness.[4] She appeared twice on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

In October 2014, she appeared in an episode of Who's Doing the Dishes?.

In November 2014, she appeared in an episode of the E4 comedy show Drifters as Cath.

In December 2014, she joined the cast of the soap opera Coronation Street as character Erica Holroyd, a friend of Liz McDonald.

In November 2017, she is joining the cast of Peter Pan, at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Northern Ireland as the Magical Mermaid, playing alongside John Linehan whose character May McFettridge has been featured in every pantomime at the Opera House for 28 years.


Year Title Type Role Notes
1987 Eat the Rich Film Yuppie Bitch Film
1988 Wish Me Luck TV Cinema Usherette 1 Episode, Episode: 1.2
1989 Cold Light of Day Film Prostitute Film
1989–1999 Emmerdale TV Kim Tate Series Regular
1999 Babes in the Wood TV Angela 1 Episode, Episode: 2.7
2000–2004 Bad Girls TV Karen Betts Series Regular (Seasons 2–5); recurring (Season 6)
2002 Doctors TV Jenny Hennessey 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Into The Shadows"
2003–2012 Loose Women TV Herself Guest, 8 Episodes
2003–2012 This Morning TV Herself Guest, 5 Episodes
2004 Down to Earth TV Paula Wakeman 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Still Waters"
2004 Dalziel and Pascoe TV Louise Russell 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "The Price Of Fame"
2004 The Courtroom TV Madeline Jackson-Carter 4 Episodes
2005 Hollyoaks TV Andrea Mason QC 6 Episodes
2005 Holby City TV Janice Perry 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Not Another Car Wreck"
2005 The Afternoon Play TV Joanna Clay 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "The Good Citizen"
2006 Mayo TV Gina Harper 1 Episode, Episode: 1.7
2006 Hollyoaks: In The City TV Stella 5 Episodes
2006 Strictly Come Dancing TV Herself Contestant, 6th place
2007 All Star Family Fortunes TV Herself Contestant, 1 Episode
2007 Safari School TV Herself Contestant, 3rd Place, Eliminated Week 4 (Day 3)
2007 The Pyramid Game TV Herself 2 Episodes
2008 The Royal TV Lucy Bayliss 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Slings And Arrows"
2008, 2010 The Wright Stuff TV Herself Panellist, 2 Episodes
2008, 2009 The Alan Titchmarsh Show TV Herself Guest, 3 Episodes
2009 Hell's Kitchen TV Herself 1 Episode
2010 The Gemma Factor TV Betty Regular Role
2012 Hollyoaks TV Governor 1 Episode
2012 The Wedding Video Film Gina Film
2013 Casualty TV Geraldine Worthing 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "With And Without You"
2013 Daybreak TV Herself Guest, 2 Episodes
2014 Pointless TV Herself Participant, Soap-Star Special, 1 Episode
2014 TV's Nastiest Villains TV Herself TV Documentary
2014 Celebrity Big Brother 14 TV Herself Housemate/Contestant
2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Side TV Herself 2 Episodes, Former Housemate
2014 Who's Doing the Dishes? TV Herself Celebrity Guest
2014 Drifters TV Cath 1 Episode, Episode Titled: "Hen Don't"
2014–2017 Coronation Street TV Erica Holroyd Regular Role
2015 A Reason to Leave Film Sarah Film Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
1999 The British Soap Awards Best Exit Emmerdale Won
2002 TV Quick Awards Best Actress Bad Girls Won
2003 Won

Personal life[edit]

At the age of seventeen, King was involved in a short fling with Bob Geldof, who was still married to his wife Paula Yates at the time. King married actor Peter Amory who played her stepson Chris Tate in Emmerdale in 1994.[1] They separated in 2004 when King was living in London filming Bad Girls.[citation needed] King ended her engagement to fellow actor John Robson after disagreements over where they would be living. She currently lives in a converted barn near Harrogate, with her horses and Labrador dogs.[3] King owns four racehorses.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Results for England & Wales Marriages 1837–2008". 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  2. ^ King, Claire (2006). Confessions of a Bad Girl. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 1-84454-253-X. 
  3. ^ a b "A really bad, bad girl". The Northern Echo. 9 July 2005. 
  4. ^ "Claire has left the Celebrity Big Brother House". Celebrity Big Brother. August 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 

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