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Exclusive: No 'Housewives' role for Claire King

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No 'Housewives' role for Claire King
Former Emmerdale and Bad Girls actress Claire King will not be appearing in the next series of Desperate Housewives, Digital Spy can confirm.

For months, the 44-year-old actress has been rumoured to be joining ABC's hit Wisteria Lane drama as Edie Britt's (Nicollette Sheridan) sister, Helen.

However, a source close to Claire told DS: "Claire has been contacted by a number of producers over in the US ever since Bad Girls aired on BBC America but she'll definitely not be appearing in Desperate Housewives.

"She attended meetings with one producer in particular who's worked on various shows – one of them being Housewives – but they were just throwing ideas around."

They added: "The talks have been more about another show, not Housewives. She's not ruled out anything and there are several offers on the table. Over the years, we've learned to expect the unexpected from her."

Claire played super-bitch Kim Tate in Emmerdale for 11 years before quitting in 1999. She then went on to take a four-year leading role as G-Wing governer Karen Betts in ITV prison drama Bad Girls.

Last year, she also appeared in Hollyoaks' late-night raunchy spin-off In The City as businesswoman Stella. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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