Actress Sue Nicholls was advised 'not to do the Hollywood thing', clutching her heart dramatically before collapsing, when researching how to act out Audrey's heart attack scenes, to be screened later this month.
The actress received a huge amount of help from the British Heart Foundation and received the tip from a Senior Cardiac Nurse whom the charity put her in touch with.
"I had marvellous help from them," said Sue. "The nurse told me all the ins and outs of what a heart attack is and I spoke to a lady who'd had two heart attacks. I will be thanking them both. I've also got a huge file of info from the BHF, which I'm reading through.
"The nurse said to me, 'don't do the Hollywood thing,' as it doesn't necessarily happen like that, but you have to remember Corrie's a drama too, so I had to portray a little more drama. I pray I've got a happy medium. Until I see it, I won't know if I've done the Hollywood thing!"
Audrey, played by Sue, has had a stressful few weeks fighting over her salon with grandson David and dealing with her family’s attitude over her relationship with Lewis Archer, played by Nigel Havers. Things came to a head on Friday (13th April) when David and his wife Kylie had Audrey arrested for criminal damage, but the battle continues this week with devastating consequences for them all.
On Monday (April 23rd) Audrey confronts David with a court injunction and demands her salon back, but as a furious row ensues, Audrey collapses in pain. A desperate Lewis cradles her in his arms as David frantically dials 999 worried that he is about to lose his gran for good.
Prior to the heart attack, Audrey was aware that her health could be better and took up power-walking to try to get fit.
Sue said:"I think Audrey put all her physical symptoms down to stress. She's been going to bed each night furious, cross or upset. She puts the blame totally on David."
We can reveal the grandmother does recover from this, with support from Lewis. But how does the supposedly reformed cad really feel about her?
"He says he's fond of her and she's head over heels in love with him," said Sue. "I think she'd crack up pretty majorly if he did the dirty on her again."
Sue said she thought Audrey had learnt something from the whole heart attack experience and that she had too. She said: "I kid myself that I'm still 20 and it's opened my eyes it could happen to me; that we have to grow up and take responsibility for our health."
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