Sher­rie’s 60 glo­ri­ous years

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As she leaves

Loose Women, Sher­rie Hew­son joins TV Times News to look back on her six decades in show­biz

Sher­rie Hew­son takes a sip of bub­bly and gaily tips it over a tower of cham­pagne glasses dur­ing our ex­clu­sive TV Times

News pho­to­shoot.

The Benidorm and for­mer Corona­tion Street star is re­gal­ing us with tales of her colour­ful ca­reer as we cel­e­brate her 60th year in show­busi­ness and pre­pare to bid her an emo­tional farewell this week on Loose Women.

Af­ter 13 years on the ITV panel show, she’s mov­ing to pas­tures new, but she’s ex­cited rather than sad.

‘I think how amazing it is at my age that I still have all the work I do,’ en­thuses Sher­rie, 65.

Here, she looks back at her amazing

screen ca­reer…

They’re go­ing to ded­i­cate the show to me, which is won­der­ful, but they’ve got some­thing planned that they won’t tell me about. I’m sure we’ll cry all through it, es­pe­cially if Coleen Nolan’s there. But I hope it’s a cel­e­bra­tion. I’ll still be around and I’m off to do more act­ing work, which is what I wanted. Who will you miss most? Coleen is a mas­sive friend and al­ways there for you but I’ll miss them all; there’s a ca­ma­raderie to Loose Women. When­ever one of us is down, the oth­ers bring us up. We re­ally care about each other.

You started in show­biz when you were only five years old – what was that like?

I’ve never known a proper job, only sequins and tulle! At five I was tour­ing the coun­try in three re­vue shows a week, do­ing singing, tap-danc­ing and bal­let. My mother, Joy, was like Gypsy Rose Lee’s [pushy show­biz] mother, say­ing, ‘Sing out, Sher­rie!’ I don’t re­mem­ber if I en­joyed it, but I didn’t know any other way of liv­ing.

Who have been your favourite co-stars?

Bob Hoskins, my co-star in [BBC mini-se­ries] Flick­ers (1980), was won­der­ful and taught me so much about cam­era tech­nique. Richard Cham­ber­lain and I be­came close on The Slip­per and the Rose (1976). He was the sweet­est man but very silly. He’d lock me in a cup­board and make me late on set.

Then I was gobsmacked when Har­ri­son Ford asked me to lunch when we worked on Hanover Street (1979), but when I got to the restau­rant there were 15 other women there! I also adored Mar­garet Lock­wood, who played my mother in Slip­per, and Joan Collins, who I work with on Benidorm, al­ways looks fab­u­lous 24/7, but she’s also very funny and doesn’t take her­self se­ri­ously.

Iõve never known a proper job, only sequins

and tulle!

Did you en­joy playing Mrs Slo­combe in the re­cent re­vival of Are You Be­ing Served? Mol­lie Sug­den, who orig­i­nally played her, was loved by the whole coun­try, so we were ap­pre­hen­sive. But the night we filmed it, the feel­ing in the stu­dio was so pos­i­tive that when the mu­sic started I burst into tears. I said to Ja­son Watkins, who played Mr Humphries, ‘What­ever hap­pens to us, we’ll never for­get this night’. We’d love to do some more episodes. What ca­reer dreams do you still har­bour?

I’d like to do a drama with a bit of grit to it. I love Benidorm and adore Are You Be­ing Served?, and now I’d re­ally like a role in some­thing like Call the Mid­wife – then it would be the hat-trick! What’s on the hori­zon for you? My daugh­ter, Kee­ley, is get­ting mar­ried in Oc­to­ber, which I’m so ex­cited about. I’m do­ing a panto [Aladdin] in Manch­ester with John Thom­son and then I go to Benidorm for five months to play Joyce Tem­ple-sav­age again. I feel so lucky to still be work­ing as an ac­tress. If my mother could see me now, she’d be so proud and say, ‘Thank your lucky stars, Sher­rie’. And she’d be right.

Sher­rie’s reached an­other mile­stone but it’s far from the end of the road

Pho­tographed for TV Times by Nicky John­ston

Sher­rie, what’s the plan for your fi­nal episode of Loose Women on Mon­day?

The young star­let in a pub­lic­ity shoot from 1975

The bub­bly star cel­e­brates with some well-earned cham­pagne

In the pink: As Mrs Slo­combe in with Niky Ward­ley as Miss Brahms

Role model: She learned a lot from Bob Hoskins in

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