Sherrie Hewson has revealed that one of her former Coronation Street stars attacked her by grabbing her throat when she was on the show.

The Loose Woman panellist, who played Maureen Naylor for four years until 1997, told fans in her new autobiography Behind The Laughter, that one of her male co-workers seemed to hate her for no apparent reason.

According to The Sun, Sherrie, who refused to reveal the name of her attacker, said: “This man suddenly jumped up and laughed at me. He started shouting – ranting at me that I had been spreading lies about him.

“I managed to stutter, ‘I haven’t, I haven’t’ – but then he grabbed me round the throat. Before I knew what was happening he had me up against the wall, almost throttling me, and getting hysterical.

“I was terrified. I couldn’t move and couldn’t have screamed because his hand was round my neck”.

Sherrie said his actions stopped when he thought someone was approaching: “He heard their footsteps, loosened his grip and then leaned in and kissed me. He made it look as if we were in a lovers’ clinch”.

Sherrie claimed that he was interested in her romantically and became ‘angry and unpredictable’ when she rejected him.

Speaking about the aftermath of the attack, she said: “After he attacked me, he cooled towards me. I think he realised he’d gone too far but I was still scared if he was anywhere near me. I never said a thing to anyone about it.

“It might sound strange but it was a different era. I was being harassed behind-the-scenes in the world’s most famous soap but I did nothing.

“I know if I’d ever reported it to my bosses at Coronation Street, they would have immediately taken action, but I never said a word.

“My self-esteem was very low and I thought I’d brought it all on myself. I’m sure they’ll be horrified to read about it now because they would never have condoned it.”