The small screen regular, best known for roles in prison drama Bad Girls and soap opera Emmerdale, found herself in a slump when she reached her late forties as acting roles dried up.

She decided to undergo a procedure on her face in 2013 to refresh her looks, and King is convinced the surgery gave her the boost she needed to get her career back on track.

She tells Britain's Hello! Magazine, "It was the most vulnerable time of my life. It felt as if my industry didn't want me anymore, it hit me in the heart... 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. 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... 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 I Ioved... My life started to take off again. I felt happier and more upbeat."

A year after the surgery, King, now 52, landed a regular role in beloved U.K. soap opera Coronation Street.