Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien has apparently revealed that she suffered from panic attacks as she tried to adjust to being famous.

Pretty Tina admitted that they started after she began to be recognised in public.

Tina, who joined the Street at the age of 16, has chalked up a host of awards for her role as gymslip mum Sarah Louise Platt.

She told the Daily Mirror: “My panic attacks were so bad, I couldn’t even go into the supermarket. They were quite mild at first. But they built up and up until I started avoiding places where I’d had them. It was horrific.

“It was to do with people staring at me and wanting to talk to me. And it was irrational. It was so scary. My heart pounded, head spun, my breathing quickened, my palms got sweaty and I’d be red hot. If someone was talking to me, I’d feel really distant. It lasted anything from a minute to an hour.

“It was all part of learning to deal with fame. I didn’t know what to do about it, and that stress leads to more panic attacks.”

To try and conquer her fears the actress went to therapy with a life coach.

“He made me realise there was nothing to fear, and that my panic was irrational because I’d started to have a fear of fear.”