Coronation Street veteran Liz Dawn has revealed that her increasing health problems left her miserable during her last two years on the soap.
The actress, who played Vera Duckworth for 34 years, suffers from the incurable lung disease emphysema, and the pressure of working with her illness left her struggling to cope.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror she said: “My breathing was so bad I thought I was dying. I’d smoked for many years and I’d always had a bit of a cough and a splutter but I was getting worse and worse and I was struggling to breathe.
“I was frightened of letting people down when I was filming. I would cry sometimes because I was so stressed.”
72-year-old Liz left the soap in 2008, five years after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is commonly caused by smoking.
“I couldn’t walk more than a few steps without having to sit down and I was so tired I couldn’t even learn my lines,” Liz said.
“I’d urge anyone to get checked over. As long as you get the right medication you can have a life. If I hadn’t got treatment then I’d have had to leave Corrie years before.”
Since being diagnosed, the actress has become the celebrity ambassador of the British Lung Foundation.
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