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Melanie Hill reveals prescription drug addiction

Melanie Hill had to wean herself off of Co-codamol painkillers.

(Cover) - EN TV - Coronation Street's Melanie Hill battled an addiction to prescription medication.

The actress has joined the cobbles as Cathy Matthews, the new lady in Roy Cropper's (David Neilson) life. Onscreen it's been shown that Cathy is a hoarder, but in real life Melanie's problems have been much more severe.

After undergoing a hip replacement Melanie was given the drug Co-codamol, but quickly became hooked on the meds.

"I needed a stick but I had to get rid of it when I was shooting scenes. I carried on for two years because I didn’t want to take time out," she told Woman magazine.

"I was on the maximum dose of Co-codamol painkillers and after two years it was hard getting off them. It took me three months to get completely weaned off them."

TV fans will know 53-year-old Melanie from Waterloo Road, and she's been a hit with Corrie watchers since joining in April. She started out as a friend for Roy, who's still grieving the loss of wife Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh), who took her own life after her cancer became terminal. However it looks as though romance may blossom for Cathy and Roy.

Landing the role was a dream come true for Melanie.

"When I got a call from my agent asking if I would like to be interviewed for Coronation Street I’ve never been as happy in my life because it’s been a life-long ambition.

“I’ve grown up with it and I’ve got to a point in my life where I am happy to go into a long-running drama. Staying for a long time would be ideal for me," she smiled.

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