Former Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn has spoken out to reassure her fans after suffering a heart attack last week.

It has emerged that the 73-year-old – best known as Corrie legend Vera Duckworth – was taken ill while on holiday in Spain and was flown home to Manchester for treatment.

However she has now told The Sun: “Don’t worry I’m fine,” and added: “I’m feeling better than I have done for a long time.”

Her husband Donald Ibbotson told the paper that while Liz was taking a lot of medication, she was on the mend at home.

“All the time we were in Spain, she wasn’t very well,” he said. “We came back and we rang up the doctor who looks after her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and he told us to go down to Wythenshawe Hospital.

“The heart specialist decided she’d had a heart attack and kept her in until Friday.”

Stars of the show have clamoured to send their good wishes to Liz, who suffers from the incurable lung disease emphysema.

Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts, said: “She is a real trouper, she’ll get through this,” while Mark Eden, who played Alan Bradley, added: “Liz is a great woman, I’m sure she’ll pull through.”

Liz left Coronation Street in 2007 due to her health issues, with Vera making a memorable exit from the show as she died in her sleep.

She briefly reappeared in 2010 as the ghost of her character as her screen husband Jack – played by Bill Tarmey – made his departure from the show.