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Sally Dynevor: 'Having cancer at the same time as my Corrie character was totally mad'

Published 28/01/2016

Sally Dynevor
Sally Dynevor

Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor was stunned when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time as her character Sally Webster, describing it as "the maddest thing that has ever happened to me".

Sally Dynevor found being diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time as her Coronation Street character "the maddest thing ever".

The 52-year-old actress has played Sally Webster in the ITV soap for the past 30 years. One of the most emotional storylines saw Webster battle breast cancer, but what was incredibly difficult for Dynevor was that she was also struggling against the disease in real life.

"It was just the maddest thing that has ever happened to me and ever will," the actress said during an interview on Lorraine on Thursday (28Jan16). "That day, the scene I filmed where I told Kevin (Webster, on screen husband) I had breast cancer, was the day I went to get the results but I didn't tell anybody on the street because I thought, 'There's no way I'm going to have breast cancer - I'm playing it, I'm not going to have it.' So I didn't even say anything to Michael (Laville, who plays Kevin), I met my husband at the end of the day and found out and I just thought, 'That can't be right because I'm playing it so why would that happen to me?' But there you go, you just have to check your breasts."

Dynevor is hopeful that the storyline encouraged women to be more aware of the disease and the signs that you might have it. Unfortunately, she had to end the plot early because she was undergoing treatment herself in real life, but she felt it was incredibly important to explain the reasons for her temporary departure from the show.

"I think it did raise awareness which is brilliant," she continued. "It's a shame we couldn't play out the rest of the story but thinking, in real life, it did as much good that everyone knew. I didn't say anything for the first few months but then I thought I owed it to everyone who had been watching, because I couldn't finish the story, to tell them why I couldn't and how prevalent breast cancer is and that's why I talked about it."

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