(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog August 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Claire King, who plays Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street, is interviewed in HELLO! magazine where she talks about cosmetic surgery and Corrie.
When she was invited to audition for Coronation Street, she reveals, "My heart leapt. But I promised myself there and then that if I didn't get it, I would give up the job I loved – I would quit acting."
And, she says, part of the reason for the lack of work was her age.
"Although my older peers had warned me that when actresses reach the big 5-0, work often starts to dry up, I couldn't imagine it ever happening to me," she said. "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."
She realised that many of her peers had gone under the knife to look younger telling HELLO! "they were old friends with new faces" and she decided to follow their example by undergoing a suspension facelift, when 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 Ioved," she admitted.
She says that after the op: "My life started to take off again. I felt happier and more upbeat."
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