Former Coronation Street star Liz Dawn has undergone surgery to get a pacemaker fitted after suffering a heart attack while on holiday.

Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth, told the Sunday Mirror: “When I look back I can’t believe it. I nearly died. I feel lucky to still be here able to talk about it all.”

The 73-year-old actress had the operation last Monday.

She continued: “I can’t speak highly enough of the doctors and nurses. I am just hoping this pacemaker will help get my health back on an even keel.

“I was talking to a 90-year-old who was having a new one. She was 10 years on from having one the first time. I joked with her that I would be doing well if I am back in 10 years time.

“The good wishes are overwhelming. People still hold me in their hearts which means so much.”