Emmerdale actress Claire King claims cancer is 'nature's payback for mistreating the planet'February 27, 2021
EMMERDALE star Claire King has called cancer "nature's payback" in outspoken new remaks.
The 58-year-old actress, who plays Kim Tate, insisted the heartbreaking disease is linked to humans "mistreating" the planet.
She said it had been part of her life ever since Emmerdale co-star Leah Bracknell died from lung cancer in 2019.
The actress told OK!: "Cancer hits one in two, which is just horrendous.
"I think that's a lot to do with how we are treating the planet. We've mistreated the planet and this is nature's payback.
"We're not doing ourselves any good – says she who drinks and smokes – but we've all got to play our part in this and it becomes very poignant when you lose a good friend."
Speaking about Leah, who played Zoe Tate, she sad sadly: "Unfortunately she's not the first of my friends and she won't be the last."
Claire said she was rocked by the death but it taught her an important lesson about living each day to the full.
Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016 but defied the odds to battle the disease for three years.
In October 2019 her management released a statement reporting that she had died.
Leah was best known for her role as Zoe Tate on Emmerdale, a character she played for almost 16 years between 1989 and 2005.
The married mum-of-two made history by becoming the first lesbian character in the soap.
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