Sherrie Hewson had to quit the dating app after being bombarded with explicit photos
Anyone who watched Sherrie Hewson when she was a panelist on Loose Women won’t be surprised to learn that she has us in the dots when we catch up with her on Zoom.
Whether it’s revealing that she didn’t bother to wear pants on some days during the lockdown, or telling us that men sent her really rude photos after joining a dating app, she is so entertaining we want to take her to the pub.
But ex-Corrie Sherrie star, who lives alone in Lancashire, also talks about the pain of losing her brother Brett to a brain tumor and admits she was alone during the second lockdown.
And that gets the 71-year-old actress to tell us about Readly, the digital newspaper and magazine subscription service she promotes that gives you access to 5,000 publications – and something she said would have been of great help in these lonely days.
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Here Sherrie, who hosts a Facebook chat show called Wonderbirds, talks about shedding pounds after abuse and how Benidorm co-star John Challis – died of cancer in September, at the age of 79 years old – misses him every day …
Hi, Sherrie, you are fabulous!
This is what filters do for you! My daughter cut and colored my hair for me. She is a trained hairdresser. It saves me £ 90! Thank god for
than on the lock.
Do you live near your daughter and grandchildren?
Yes. I see them every day. My grandson Oliver is 15 – he’s going to be a pilot. Molly is 11 years old and a great date, like me. And Rosie is two and a half years old. And she rules the world! Oh! my heart.
Do you help take care of your grandchildren?
Yes. I pick up Molly from school, take her horseback riding, swim. I take Rosie to the playground. I do all. Problem is, I’m about to do the Fat Friends tour with Les Dennis, which means I’m going to go.
How will it work?
I do not know! I enjoyed the lockdown in the sense that I’ve been with Rosie the whole time, so it’s going to be a big tear. But I had a word with myself this morning.
Tony Maudsley, who was Kenneth in Benidorm, still rings the bell and says “Let go of your ass, Sherrie! You stagnate! I gave in to the world a bit and that’s a dangerous thing. I’m not a lazy person, but maybe that’s complacency. I think that’s what happened to a lot of people. That’s why we put on weight!
Did you find it difficult to motivate yourself to work?
I said no to just about everything that happened.
Why do you think it is?
I just wasn’t ready. I was offered a TV series and they explained how it would work. They said that they would come and get me, that I had to stay in my hotel room, then that I would be masked, that I would continue to do the scene, that I would put the mask back on and return to the hotel. I thought it looked like being in jail.
Did you do that lockdown thing where food and alcohol got you through the day?
Totally. I’m not a heavy drinker or a heavy eater, but it has become a lifeline. And washing was one thing too.
In what way?
I used my washing machine all day, every day. I thought, “What am I washing? You didn’t have to wear panties or bras – you could just put a bag on you because no one is there to go, “You don’t have any panties!” “
Have you ever skipped showers?
The opposite. I got up, took a shower, then in the afternoon I took a bath. Then I took another shower and, before going to bed, another bath. I wasn’t even dirty!
Were you alone?
Not during the first confinement because it was such an extraordinary thing for us to experience. But when we returned to confinement, it really hit me. I thought, “No, I won’t do it again.” And I had lost my brother, so the loneliness was a thousand times greater.
You also lost your buddy, John Challis …
He was just the most gorgeous man. We always drank red wine. I used to hug him and he used to say, “Can you just stop? And I would say, “But I just wanna hug you!” And he was like, “Don’t do it when my wife is here because it looks wrong!”
What did his wife think of it?
Oh, Carol and I get along so well. She said, “He adores you. And I adored him. I miss him every day.
Are you still in touch with the Loose Women crew? Are you chatting?
I was there for 16 years, so we have a connection. I knew Denise Welch’s father, Vin [who died of pneumonia in September] good. I know what Denise is going through, having lost my brother. I feel so much for her.
Will any of them go see Fat Friends?
I will do them! My character Julia is so bad, I love her!
Are you hoping to lose weight once back on the road?
The only problem is that I’m with Les Dennis. After every show he’ll say, “Are we going to have a quick one?” He means a drink, by the way.
You’ve been single for years. Are you open to meetings?
I went to Plenty Of Fish and started taking penis photos. I thought, “Oh my God!” So I got out of it. I don’t know how I would meet someone now. Men my age want 20 year olds!
Finally, you promote the Readly app. Are you tech savvy?
I have three grandchildren, I have no choice! But 44% of Britons over 60 have become more digital during the pandemic. If I had known Readly locked out, it would have been such a help.
* Sherrie is the head of Readly’s digital campaign for seniors. Readly is a digital subscription service that gives customers unlimited access to approximately 5,000 magazines. Visit readly.com for information