Katie McGlynn reveals 'dramatic' fainting spell that saw her rushed to hospital in panto costume

Katie McGlynn had to pull out of her panto job for the final few shows. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Katie McGlynn had to pull out of her panto job for the final few shows. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Katie McGlynn has opened up on the "dramatic" events that saw her rushed to hospital after she fainted while suffering from a virus.

The former Coronation Street actress was forced to pull out of her last few pantomime shows as Tinkerbell in a production of Peter Pan at Northwich Memorial Court last week after she fell ill, and now she’s explained what happened.

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Speaking on Lorraine today, the 26-year-old told host Lorraine Kelly that she initially believed she had a cold before she began to feel "really spaced out" and subsequently fainted.

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"Then all of it is a bit of a blur," the actor recalled. "It was very dramatic. There was an ambulance – I don't remember that, I just remember waking up in A&E in a Tinker Bell costume. I was out of it.”

McGlynn added: "The doctor put it down to exhaustion, being ill, and I actually had this virus. Because I didn't have any rest, I needed bed rest. So I had a couple of days' bed rest, and I was like, 'Right, I really don't feel well'.

"So I went to my own doctor, he said, 'You've had this virus, you need one to two weeks' bed rest'."

However, the Sinead Tinker star said she struggled to accept she'd have to take time off work and that it was "tough" for her and she was "gutted" to pull out of the pantomime.

Actress Katie McGlynn poses for photographers on arrival at the TV Choice Awards in central London on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
Actress Katie McGlynn poses for photographers on arrival at the TV Choice Awards in central London on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

It was the first job for McGlynn following on from her Corrie exit last year. Her character Sinead was killed off from the soap as she lost her battle with cervical cancer.

The actor has previously revealed that it was her decision to leave the soap permanently and today spoke of how she didn't want the cancer storyline to be "sugarcoated".

For her efforts in the heartbreaking storyline, McGlynn has been nominated for Serial Drama Performance at the NTAs.

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