Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has revealed she came close to death while on holiday earlier this year.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror the actress – who played Vera Duckworth in the soap – revealed how she was taken ill while in Spain and planned to seek treatment on her return home.

However Liz – who suffers from the disease emphysema – took a turn for the worse on the journey home and needed oxygen on the plane.

And she revealed that she has now had a further setback after suffering a punctured lung last week following an operation to have a pacemaker fitted.

“Looking back I can’t believe it,” she said. “I nearly died. I feel lucky to still be here to be able to talk about it all.”

“I knew something was wrong but I tried to put it to the back of my mind on holiday and thought I would worry about it when I got home,” Liz added.

“But when I stepped on the plane, my God, it was awful. I felt breathless, weak and not in control of things.

“I couldn’t catch my breath at all and was getting more and more stressed. It was terrifying. My husband shouted for the cabin crew to bring oxygen and they had to give it to me there and then.”

The actress told the paper she was now determined to get better for her late Corrie co-star Bill Tarmey – aka Jack Duckworth – who was also one of her closest friends.

Liz said she was “determined” to be at a dinner being held in the actor’s honour next week, adding: “That is one of the main things keeping me going. I miss him so much.

“If he had still been there he would have been the first one I would have picked up the phone and spoken to.”