Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent was close to tears during a special documentary marking the ITV soap's 60th anniversary.
The 28-year-old actress, who plays Sophie Webster in the serial drama, was overcome with emotion as she discussed her co-star and on-screen mother Sally Dynevor's cancer battle as part of Coronation Street: 60 Unforgettable Years.
Corrie icon Sally, 57, discovered she had breast cancer in real life while filming a heartbreaking scenes about her character.
The emotional storyline, which screened in November 2009, prompted the actress to see a nurse at ITV and to get checked after she found a small lump in her breast which felt like a grain of rice.
Recalling filming the harrowing scenes 11 years ago, a tearful Brooke explained: "I hated that storyline.
"I really didn't like it."
"Sal is a massive part of my life. She is a mother figure to me so to sit and watch her film something she is going through in real life was awful.
Watching back the moment Sally told Kevin about her diagnosis, an emotional Sally added: "It's really hard to watch."
"Now i'm getting women coming up to me saying I bring them hope."
Actress Sally underwent treatment at The Christie and after a six-month break she returned to the ITV soap.
The soap star is a long-standing patron of the Manchester-based charity Prevent Breast Cancer and continues to regularly check herself.
Sally has played Sally Metcalfe since 1986, and Brooke has portrayed her youngest daughter Sophie since 2004.
Brooke announced last month that she is expecting her second baby with partner Sean Bryan.
The couple are already to parents to one-year-old son Mexx.
Brooke is currently on maternity leave and Corrie bosses have confirmed that the door remains open for the former Dancing on Ice star to return as Sophie.
Coronation Street continues on ITV on Wednesday at 7.30pm
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