Panic as he falls ill on new tour
I thought they were from a different play. For two minutes I had no idea where I was, then I woke up in the wings. It was a little disturbing to say the least.”
Charles says he has recovered from the mini-stroke three weeks ago and has thrown himself back into work. He’ll be appearing at the Manchester Opera House this week.
He added: “There was no lasting damage so I’m back on stage and delighted to be saying I’m firing on all cylinders.
“When I sit and think about it then it’s a shock but apparently they are common. Sometimes people don’t even know they’ve had them. “But I definitely knew something was wrong with me – I had absolutely no idea what was going on at all. “I’ve been given medication which I’ll be on for the rest of my life. But I can assure you I’m in good nick.” A TIA – transient ischaemic attack – happens when part of the brain has a lack of blood flow. It causes strokelike symptoms that resolve within 24 hours. Unlike a stroke, it doesn’t cause permanent disabilities. Charles returned to Corrie for two months earlier this year but is not ruling out a longer return. “I’d like to see the McDonalds back together, fit and healthy. Together they are a formidable couple.” Take it easy, Charles.
STAGE FRIGHT Charles playing Detective Rebus on national tour