Sherrie Hewson reveals she was sacked from Coronation Street hours after having emergency eye surgery
Sherrie Hewson has revealed she learned she was sacked from Coronation Street mere hours after having emergency eye surgery.
The actress, 70, reflected on the incident during an appearance on GIRL TALK with Melanie Blake on Thursday, saying she was informed by soap producer Brian Parker that he wasn’t ‘carrying on with [her] character’ Maureen Webster.
Explaining her medical emergency, she said she experienced dark clouds in her left eye, and added: ‘What happened was at hospital they tried to get the blood and water out of my retina, didn’t work.
Shock: Sherrie Hewson revealed on on GIRL TALK with Melanie Blake on Thursday that she was sacked from Coronation Street hours after having emergency eye surgery
‘I went back to the studio and they said “go on you need to do your scenes”… I finished the scene and came off and I was a little bit scared, because I didn’t know what had happened to my eye and someone said, “Can you go and see Brian.”
‘I went to his office and opened the door and he said: ‘”Don’t sit down. Just to let you know that I’ve decided not to carry on with your character.
‘”And when you go downstairs there’ll be press everywhere, because they know, but don’t speak to them, it’s all been done.”‘
Injury: Sherrie said she experienced dark clouds in her left eye and had to have ‘blood and water’ removed from her retina, before going back to set (pictured ont he soap in 1993)
Incident: Sherrie said, ‘I finished the scene and came off, and I was a little bit scared because I didn’t know what had happened to my eye’ before being asked to see producer Brian Parker
Sherrie reflected on how she had a habit of taking the bread used as a prop in her scenes at the corner shop, and in her shock at being given the sack she did the same thing when she left Brian’s office.
Laughing about it as she looked back, Sherrie explained: ‘In my stupor I went to my shop and got my loaf of bread. I came out and the headline was: Sherrie Hewson now on the breadline.’
Sherrie appeared in 401 episodes of Coronation Street, first appearing from 1993 to 1997 before making a brief return in 2006, before her character left Weatherfield in favour of returning to life in Germany.
Axed: She went on, ‘I went to his office and opened the door and he said: ‘”Don’t sit down. Just to let you know that I’ve decided not to carry on with your character”‘ (pictured in soap in 1993)
End of discussion: Sherrie said Brian told her: ‘”And when you go downstairs there’ll be press everywhere, because they know, but don’t speak to them, it’s all been done”‘
Last year, Sherrie said she was ‘completely broken’ when her brother Brett Hutchinson passed away in April – and she couldn’t visit him because of coronavirus restrictions.
Brett passed away from a brain tumour following a battle with pneumonia, and she said this had changed her outlook on life.
But she said she is more determined than ever to live life to the full.
Making decisions: Sherrie has previously said she is more determined than ever to live life to the full after losing her beloved brother Brett to a brain tumour back in April
She told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I am still not very strong, I still have moments. Whenever I hear any Motown music, which he loved, I just cry. The pain is so terrible, my heart is broken.
‘I mean, look at my brother. Two years ago he was the healthiest thing on this planet. So none of us know what’s going to happen.
‘I wish I had planned more when I was younger. Instead I just went steaming ahead, thinking I was going to live forever.’
So sad: The former Coronation Street star’s brother Brett lost his battle with the incurable disease in April last year, following a battle with pneumonia