Tom Lister is 'proud' of Emmerdale exit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 October 2012
Emmerdale star Tom Lister

Tom Lister

'Emmerdale' star Tom Lister is thrilled his character Carl King was murdered in such a spectacular fashion during the 40th anniversary episode of the soap

Tom Lister is "proud" his character was killed off in 'Emmerdale'.

The actor's alter ego Carl King was hit over the head with a brick during the live 40th anniversary episode in a dramatic storyline which pulled in 10 million viewers, and he has no regrets about leaving the show.

Tom - who starred in the ITV1 soap for nine years - told The Sun newspaper: "I was incredibly proud to be the one who died and to be given that responsibility.

"To do an hour-long show live on location and to be one of the characters at the centre of it was a real honour."

Yorkshire Dales villain Carl was attacked by Chas Dingle, who left him unconscious, and was later finished off by Cameron Murray. Although Tom is worried about his uncertain future as an actor, he was delighted to have been chosen to exit the soap in such a shocking fashion.

He mused: "You do have the occasional fear about being out of work, of course. My wife is a worrier and she did think, 'Oh no, what's going to happen?' But I'm an optimistic guy and I believe that it's probably right and things happen for a reason.

"If this is my last telly job, so be it. I've had the best part of 10 years on national TV so I'll be able to look back on that with pride. When I was called to the producer's office I was surprised but I was quite peaceful about the whole thing. Things are going to be fine."

Tom added that the success of the live episode was "overwhelming" and he was thrilled to have had such a positive response from fans.

He said: "I couldn't have asked for a more spectacular exit and people have said so many nice things about it. It's been overwhelming."

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