She was addicted to painkillers.

She might play Roy Cropper’s new love interest on Coronation Street but actress Melanie Hill has revealed a secret drug addition.

The 53-year-old actress has opened up about becoming reliant on painkiller Co-codamol while appearing in Waterloo Road.

Melanie, who plays Cathy Matthews in Corrie, was struggling with osteoarthritis when she became hooked on the pills.

She told Woman magazine that she needed a stick at the time but couldn’t use it during her scenes which left her in agony.

She explained: ‘I carried on for two years because I didn’t want to take time out.”

Melanie also admitted how difficult it was to wean herself off the drugs after taking them for such a long time.

‘I was on the maximum dose of Co-codamol painkillers and after two years it was hard getting off them.

‘It took me three months to get completely weaned off them, but you do what you have to do to get work.’

After suffering with osteoarthritis for four years Melanie finally had a hip replacement two years ago.

She said: ‘It completely changed my life.’

We’re glad to hear it Melanie.


Melanie and the rest of the cast are currently preparing for Corrie’s live episode, which airs on Wednesday next week. The hour-long show marks the 60th anniversary of the soap and is the third live show in the soap’s history!

Michael Le Vell, 50, who plays Weatherfield’s Kevin Webster admitted that he often mucks up during rehearsals.

‘One mistake will go out to millions, hopefully there won’t be any. But the number of times I’ve called Tim ‘Joe’ is worrying,’ said Michael, referring to Joe Duttine who plays Tim Metcalfe in the soap.

Hopefully the 10 days of rehearsals including two dress rehearsals will mean the team nail it. We’ll certainly be keeping our eyes peeled for any mistakes during the show.

Good Luck team Corrie!