Denise Welch has confessed that she used to take cocaine on the set of ‘Coronation Street’.
The 51-year-old actress – who played Natalie Barnes in the ITV1 soap for three years between 1997 and 2000 – admits she was so addicted to the class-A drug she would lock herself on the toilets between filming in order to get her next hit.
Writing in her autobiography ‘Pulling Myself Together’, which has been serialised in the Daily Mirror newspaper, Welch said: “It was my lowest moment. I’d reached a point where I felt taking cocaine was the only way I could survive. I was suffering crippling depression and I’d made myself believe coke was the only thing that could make me cope.
“In fact I was locked in a vicious circle because the more I took, the worse the comedowns would be. I was sinking deeper and deeper.”
Welch – who says she came to rely on the drug after suffering from depression after the birth of her first son Matthew in 1989 – admits she often filmed crucial scenes while under the influence of cocaine and would leave work in order to meet her dealer.
She would also go into work still high on the drug and having no sleep, but her castmates did not say anything.
Welch – who is married to actor Tim Healy – says she managed to kick the habit when she became pregnant with nine-year-old son Louis and has managed to stay away from it bar the odd blip.
The ‘Loose Women’ presenter said: “I still have blips of depression but I now know it would be utterly destructive for me to go back down that road with cocaine again.”