Corrie's Emily sets self on fire

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 September 2011
Eileen Derbyshire

Eileen Derbyshire

Eileen Derbyshire, 80, escaped injury after accidentally setting her clothes on fire during filming on 'Coronation Street' this week

Eileen Derbyshire set herself on fire filming 'Coronation Street' scenes this week.

The 80-year-old actress - who plays show stalwart Emily Bishop - was unhurt by the incident, which saw her stand too close to a candle, setting her shawl alight, during filming on Wednesday (21.09.11), though she was seen by a doctor in her dressing room. A source said: "It was a scary moment for Eileen. She got too lose to a tea-light candle ad her clothes went up in flames. She was lucky someone on the crew acted so quickly.

"Thankfully, she didn't get burned but the costume was ruined so the scene had to be completely reshot."

The incident occurred during a day of filming for Bonfire Night- yet Eileen's mishap took place during a routine scene as part of a birthday party for Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent).

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It was hardly the biggest scene for November 5. There are others which have fire and fireworks in them so it's amazing this one caused such a problem."

A show spokesperson confirmed the incident, but insisted it wasn't serious.

They said: "It was a minor incident and no one was in serious danger at any time."

Meanwhile, a second emergency caused disruptions to filming this week after Helen Flanagan suffered a panic attack mid-scene.

The 21-year-old actress - who plays wannabe model Rosie Webster - was taken off set until she calmed down after clutching her chest and struggling to catch her breath.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "It was very distressing to watch. She's a young, bubbly girl and was in a right state.

"It came on all of a sudden. It was very scary for Helen and for everyone else in the studio."

Although it is the first time Helen has been taken ill on set, she admitted to show bosses she had had several of the attacks in recent weeks, but is unsure what caused them.

The brunette beauty has spoken to praise the support she received from the cast and crew.

She said: "I love the people at my work. So many people here are understanding and make me laugh. I feel very lucky."

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