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Coronation Street star Charles Lawson suffered stroke while performing on stage

Charles Lawson, who plays Jim McDonald in Coronation Street, has revealed he had a stroke on stage (ITV)
Charles Lawson, who plays Jim McDonald in Coronation Street, has revealed he had a stroke on stage (ITV)

Coronation Street star Charles Lawson has revealed he suffered a stroke while performing on stage.

The Northern Irish actor, who plays Jim McDonald in the popular soap, said he suffered a transient ischemic attack while playing legendary Scots detective John Rebus.

Lawson, 59, said: "I was halfway through the climax and I went deaf. For about two minutes I had no idea where I was, then I woke up in the wings.

"It was disturbing to say the least."

The incident happened several weeks ago, with Lawson saying he is now fully recovered from his ordeal.

"There was no lasting damage so I’m back on stage and delighted to be saying I’m firing on all cylinders," he said.

“When I sit and think about it then it’s a shock but apparently they are common. Sometimes people don’t even know they’ve had them.

“But I definitely knew something was wrong with me – I had absolutely no idea what was going on at all.

“I’ve been given medication which I’ll be on for the rest of my life. But I can assure you I’m in good nick.”

Lawson returned to Coronation Street two months ago.

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