Helen Flanagan: Panic attacks were 'very scary'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 September 2011
Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan

Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan has admitted her recent panic attacks on the set have been ''very scary''

Coronation Street's Helen Flanagan admits suffering panic attacks on set was "very scary".

The 21-year-old actress - who plays Rosie Webster in the ITV1 soap - has recently suffered a few sudden periods of apprehension that were so severe filming had to be stopped, but she has been seeking advice from co-star Kym Marsh, who used to suffer from a similar condition.

She said: "I have recently suffered a few panic attacks. And as anyone who has ever suffered from them knows, they are very scary. I did have one at work and everyone was very understanding but I didn't know what might have caused it.

"I am speaking to people like Kym Marsh who has said that in the past she suffered from them too. I am trying to work out what triggers them so that I can start to deal with them and move forward.

"But I am starting to realise that they are more common than people think and that there are ways of dealing with them."

Helen - who is set to return to the Weatherfield cobbles tonight (26.09.11) after a three-month sabbatical from the show - admitted while she is keen to resume her role on the ITV1 soap, it was "amazing" to take some time off.

She said in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "To take some time off like that was amazing. When you've been on a show for 12 years you need a bit of time out and it was really, really nice.

"Lots of other people have done it and the producer was fine about it. I met up with all my old friends from school, went shopping, went on holiday, moved house, got my hair cut."

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