CORONATION Street's Tracie Bennett has revealed a "snobby" mystery actor cruelly insulted her career as a soap star.
The actress returned to the cobbles as Sharon Bentley last week after 22 years off-screen.
She's now told how she was treated while acting on the stage after leaving the soap.
Tracie admitted to the Daily Star: “I had snobbiness from an actor. I can’t tell you who he is because he’s too big.
"Basically, what they were saying is, 'well, you know, soaps are all right, but I have to say it’s not what I think acting’s about.'
"And I just thought – try doing 20 scenes with suicide and alcoholism on the same day, scene after scene after scene. Try doing those costume changes!"
The 59-year-old actress first appeared in Coronation Street in 1982 as Sharon Gaskell, Rita’s foster daughter.
She played the character for two years and returned to the role in 1999 before embarking on a career in theatre.
She has starred in shows including Les Misérables, High Society, Hairspray and She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre, which landed her a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical.
Speaking of Tracie's return, Corrie producer Iain MacLeod said: “It’s extremely exciting to see someone of Tracie’s calibre revisit a role so rich in history and with such a complicated psychology.
“Sharon returns across some badly burned bridges to reconnect with Rita – but very quickly her presence becomes destabilising and extremely dangerous, in ways that I hope the viewers won’t see coming.
“The big question is: what has her life become since she was last on the Street?
“The answer to that question will drive a massive story for us, which runs into the summer and beyond.”
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