Maureen Lipman, who is currently starring in Coronation Street, has said she found it "impossible to grieve" following the death of her husband because it is in her nature to try to make people laugh.
Speaking to Prima magazine, 74-year-old Lipman reflected on the death of her husband, Jack Rosenthal, who passed away 16 years ago.
Rosenthal was an English playwright, who wrote 129 early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over 150 screenplays, including original TV plays, feature films, and adaptations
She said: "I found it almost impossible to grieve because my nature is to make people laugh.
"And then, I'd feel terrible about the fact I didn't look like I was grieving enough."
Lipman continued: "I bought a car, then I worried that people would think it was odd; why would she buy a car when her husband has just died?" she told the magazine.
"But I now know that we all grieve in our own ways; there's no right or wrong way.
"Sometimes, I still have my moments 16 years later."
She said that she "always gets miserable" around May, which is the month her husband died.
Lipman is now in a relationship with Guido Castro, who she described as a "lovely man".
"I haven't always been the best wife, mother or lover - I think I'm a bit hit and miss - but I recognise a good man when I see him," she said.