Coronation Street's Helen Worth hasn’t been underwater since ‘scary’ canal crash

Coronation Street star Helen Worth has revealed that she hasn’t been underwater since filming the show’s traumatic canal crash stunt in 2003.

One of the most memorable stunts in the show’s history saw her character Gail Platt driven headfirst into water by Richard Hillman, in scenes with Helen described as ‘scary’ to shoot.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, Helen said that she was terrified during filming as she can’t swim.

‘I love that shot of us going into the river. We all watched from a bridge as the car went into the water,’ looking back at the footage with presenter Lorraine Kelly.

‘I had to get out of [the car] and I can’t swim. [We had ] to get out of the car window submerged, it was so scary. But I did it.

‘I haven’t been underwater since,’ she said, adding: ‘But it was such an exciting stunt.’

Helen also looked back at the time Lorraine camoed on the soap last year, which ended up with Gail shooting her with a bow and arrow.

She’s a legend on the cobbles, but Helen Worth also confirmed that she was rejected twice by Coronation Street before landing the role of Gail Platt.

The actress spoke on Lorraine about celebrating the soap’s 60th anniversary today and said that it was three times a charm on the show, after previously going up for two different parts.

Helen also said that she was especially proud of the show for continuing through the coronavirus outbreak this year.

‘I think what’s even more wonderful is we’ve still managed to make it work through a pandemic,’ she said. ‘I’m so proud that the street has carried on.’

Helen joined Coronation Street in 1974 and has been a favourite among fans ever since.

She was speaking on Lorraine to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever episode of the soap.

The show is celebrating in style this year, with three major plotlines culminating this week – including the result of Yasmeen’s trial, which left fans crying tears of joy.

Coronation Street airs on ITV.

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