Sally Whittaker saved by Corrie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 May 2010
Sally Whittaker

Sally Whittaker

'Coronation Street' actress Sally Whittaker believes the ITV1 soap saved her life because she wouldn't have checked her breasts for lumps before she worked on her alter-ego's new cancer storyline

Sally Whittaker believes 'Coronation Street' saved her life.

The actress - who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in real life, shortly after her alter-ego Sally Webster was given the same diagnosis in Weatherfield - has revealed she would have ignored the lump in her breast if it wasn't for the extensive research she had done for the show.

She explained: "If I hadn't been doing the storyline I wouldn't have done anything about it. Isn't that awful? But you don't think it's going to happen to you - it's a defence mechanism. We never think it will happen to us and that gets us through life. Now I can't believe I wouldn't have done anything. My consultant Lester Barr was very optimistic, saying we c aught it early so it was treatable.

"So it's no exaggeration to say 'Corrie' saved my life."

Veteran Cancer Surgeon Lester had been working with 'Coronation Street' scriptwriters and Sally to help them cover the illness correctly in the show.

The 46-year-old actress was left stunned when he broke the news to her and fainted in his office.

She told The Sun newspaper: "It was like something from a dream, completely surreal. One moment I was talking to the consultant about how my character would cope with cancer - the next think we're having the conversation about me.

"I didn't think it could be me he was talking about. 'I've been doing scenes about Sally Webster's breast cancer all day and now I come here and you're telling me I've got it?' I couldn't take it in and I just collapsed."

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