“I can understand why people choose assisted dying – and it’s getting to the point where I would consider it myself.
“I’m not going to be hurting any offspring as I haven’t got any.
“Most of my family will be gone. It’s not a selfish thing. It’s a decision at a certain age, when you’re becoming a burden to others.”
Assisted dying was a recent storyline on ‘Emmerdale’ when Claire joined the soap, and “one of those topics we talked about”.
She continued: “I have friends who are disabled or really unwell. They say, ‘If it gets much worse take me to the clinic’. And I say, ‘No way, I could be done for that!’
Claire and her brother, Piers, currently provide financial and physical support for their parents, who suffer numerous health problems, and their dad also has specialist carers.
Claire has played Erica Holroyd in ‘Corrie’ since 2014, but recently announced plans to put Weatherfield behind her.
Last month, she said: “It’s been a dream come true to tread those famous cobbles. I was only meant to stay for 6 weeks initially, so for Erica to be so popular that she stayed for 3 years and even worked in The Rovers was a real compliment to me as an actress.
“I’ve had such a great time with the cast and crew, so it’s fabulous that they have left the door open for Erica to return in the future – who knows what adventures she’ll be getting up to away from the Street – she’s certainly not boring!”
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