Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn has thanked her fans and the soap ahead of her character Sinead Tinker’s harrowing death, following a battle with cancer, being aired on Thursday night’s episode.
The actress, 26, who has played Sinead in the soap since 2013, took to Twitter with a heartfelt tweet where she shared her gratitude for her fans alongside admitting she is going to miss being on the ITV soap.
She wrote: “After nearly 7 wonderful years on the cobbles, tonight Sinead loses her battle with cancer. Ahead of tonights eps I wanted to share my heartfelt love & gratitude for every single fan of the show who has followed her journey. I’m going to miss her & @itvcorrie dearly #corrie.”
Katie’s character was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year while she was pregnant with baby son Bertie, but just last month she learned the heartbreaking news her illness had returned and was now terminal.
Sinead tragically passes away on tonight’s episode, while the scenes were filmed a few weeks ago.
It comes after Katie appeared on Loose Women to discuss the impact of playing the character had on her mental health.
Katie explained: “I watched the press screening on Monday of her final scenes and I can’t watch it again.
“I think once we were filming it you couldn’t really get out of it, you immerse yourself in the part so much that whenever we went back to Sinead’s room, people were just on and off crying, parts of the crew, me and Rob.
“It felt so real and the only way we could play this part was if we tapped our minds into it as it’s real, and all of it felt real for me.”
She added: “I kind of underestimated the effect it’s had on my mental health. I’ve only just noticed it.
“Walking away from filming and watching it on Monday, that part of me was grieving Sinead and it’s bizarre, but I’ve started doing like a fitness thing to safeguard myself and that’s helping me.”
She added of the final scenes: “Watching her die was awful but it’s raising awareness.”
Katie told the panel how she’d done as much research as possible to make the storyline and the scenes as real as she could, but felt like an “impostor” because people were thanking her for raising awareness feeling as though she was just doing her job.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.