Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati has quit Twitter after facing sickening racist abuse from some internet users.
The pretty star, who plays Sunita Alahan in the popular soap, revealed her torment last night during an interview with The Sun.
The 45-year-old actress, who was born in Oldham to Indian parents, revealed that sick online ‘trolls’ mutilated photos of her and posted disgusting comments, forcing her to quit the social networking site.
“Being racially abused on Twitter really shook me up. It felt like going back in time to the 1970s,” Shobna told he paper.
"It put me in mind of a psycho — like a horror movie. I just decided enough was enough. “
The actress continued: “I tried to ignore it but it started to affect my confidence.
“Violent, vitriolic hatred gives people their moment in the spotlight. It beggars belief."
One user told the actress: “You’re not British, you’re foreign,” while another posted a message that read: “You have got to be the ugliest f***** I’ve ever seen.”
Shobna isn’t the only celebrity to face online abuse from ‘trolls’, people who spend their time deliberately posting messages full of hate on online forums and social networking sites.
It emerged last week that Harry Styles of One Direction has recently faced vile messages online, while many of the women he has been linked to, including Caroline Flack, have also had to endure abuse online from jealous fans of his.
Last week Fearne Cotton also faced hurtful messages from online users who criticised her part in the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage.
The star angrily replied to some of the messages, writing a post that read: “People who sit lazily and judge others will never grow. They'll never take a look at themselves or feel content. Shame so many do.”
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