Coronation Street star Liz Dawn 'suffers a heart attack'

Former Coronation Street star Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth, has suffered a heart attack, it has been reported.

The 73-year-old, who has already been diagnosed with incurable lung disease, was taken to hospital on Monday after complaining of chest pains, according to the Sun.

Liz Dawn with late actor Bill Tarmey in character as Jack and Vera Duckworth Credit: Phil Noble/PA Wire

Her husband Donald told the newspaper: "She's had a slight heart attack."

But despite the scare he said he was confident she would recover, adding: "She is all right."

A spokesman for Coronation Street said: "Everyone on the show wishes her a speedy recovery and sends their love."

Dawn left the show in 2007 due to failing health. She made a one-off return in 2010 as Vera's "spirit" when her on-screen husband Jack was written out.