HALE Barns actress Sally Whittaker, who plays Sally Webster in Coronation Street, revealed at the weekend she has breast cancer.

The 46-year-old was diagnosed six months ago whilst her on-screen character was also in the middle of a breast cancer diagnosis.

The married mum-of-three says she went for a check-up after finding a lump on her breast after filming scenes about her own character’s illness and was devastated to learn the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

She has so far had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Sally is now preparing to return to the show and according to national media reports will be working with script writers to make sure scenes are authentic.