Stroke vic­tim role like real life for Al­i­son

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA - BY KAREN ROCKETT

AC TRE SS Al i s o n Stead­man has told how her new role as a stroke vic­tim has been all too close to real life.

She re­vealed how in a tragic co­in­ci­dence, while she was film­ing one- off BBC1 drama Care, one of her old­est friends suf­fered a stroke.

Al­i­son, 72, said: “I vis­ited her in a stroke ward – not for re­search, but be­cause she was my friend.

“She couldn’t speak. When you’ve known some­one who’s feisty and chatty and full of opin­ions, then sud­denly they can’t even say yes or no, that’s very painful to see.”

Al­i­son plays bright grand­mother Mary, who is sud­denly un­able to care for her­self. Sheri­dan Smith, her Gavin & Stacey co-star, plays her daugh­ter.

MUR­DEREDCarl O’Brien

SAD Al­i­son in role as Mary

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