Benidorm star Sherrie Hewson thought she may never act again after Corrie and Emmerdale

by Lynn Connolly

Sherrie Hewson is of course currently – and arguably – best known for being one of ITV’s Loose Women panelists, but of course, she originally found fame in the role of Maureen Naylor in Corrie, and later, as Lesley Meredith in Emmerdale…

And according to the Sun’s TV Biz, when she left her Emmerdale role, Sherrie thought she may never act again. However, while speaking to the paper about her new role in hit sitcom Benidorm, Sherrie revealed that the role of hotel manager Joyce Temple-Savage has restored her confidence in herself.

We’ll see Sherrie playing the part of the upper class new hotel manager when Benidorm returns to our screens with a new series later this month.

While discussing the show, and her role, Sherrie said, “What the part has done is bring me back to acting which I haven’t done for a very long time.

“Derren Litten has written the most amazing character who I can relate to in every way because of what she’s been through and there’s a vulnerability that belongs to me…

“Returning to acting has been a revelation and if I never work again I can never thank Derren enough for what he’s done for me.

“That alone has given me a confidence back in myself.

“I thought I might never act again. I didn’t know a part like this would come up but it did and it’s fantastic.

“The last acting I did was playing Lesley Meredith in Emmerdale in 2006.

“I have been offered things since but I haven’t taken them because I’m very loyal to Loose Women and didn’t want to leave the show.

“But when this came along I talked to the others about it and they said I had to do it.

“It’s the first time I’ve stepped out of Loose Women and it was a strange wrench for me but then I thought, ‘I’m acting again, I’ve got on the bike, I can do it.’

“It’s given me that confidence in myself back. It’s been fantastic for me and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It’s given me back a love of what I do, which is acting. I absolutely love it.”

And of her character’s personality, despite her austere and bossy demeanour, Sherrie said, “She does have a vulnerability and she wants to find love. I relate to her in the sense that she’s lonely because I’ve been on my own for years.

“She may seem a bit curt but when you are on your own you do that to protect yourself.

“You’re quite sad sometimes and Joyce has that and that’s also part of me.

“What I’ve worked out, having never had counselling in my life which I should have done, is that it’s to do with being badly hurt and then hiding yourself under something.

“And I think Joyce does the same thing. She’s also been through some tough times. She is alone and she’s got to look after herself like I do.

“In a comedy-drama you turn that sort of character into this dragon but actually underneath you see something else.”

I cannot wait for Benidorm to be back! Are you excited?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.