Sherrie Hewson almost drunk herself to 'death'
12 February 2018 - 5:00 PM

Sherrie Hewson almost drunk herself to 'death'

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Sherrie Hewson almost drunk herself to "death" when she first joined "Benidorm".

The 67-year-old actress - who is known for playing Joyce Temple-Savage in the comedy - has decided to put herself on a booze ban because she realised she was consuming too many alcoholic beverages while shooting the show in Alicante, Spain.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, she said: "We are drinking ourselves to death. I've never been on a girls" holiday because my mother was a very strong, dominant woman, so I always had to go with her. So when I first started "Benidorm", I thought this is what it must be like. I was out every night, it nearly killed me. It had to stop."

The cast spend up to 14 hours a day on set and like to unwind by popping to a karaoke bar - but Sherrie's drunken sing-a-longs usually lead to her being chucked out.

She explained: "I am the only person in the cast who can't sing. One year I'd had a few gin and tonics and started to sing "Kung Fu Fighting". The bar owner said, "Come on love can you get off the stage?" I was so rubbish he asked me to leave the bar."

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Sherrie has appeared on "Emmerdale, "Coronation Street" and "Loose Women" in the past but she has admitted the fans she's acquired from "Benidorm" is incomparable.

She said: "Fans queue in 40 degrees for hours to be extras. There's a guy who has every character tattooed on him. I was relieved that my picture was on his ribs."

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And, although Sherrie's alter ego is usually mocked by the other characters, the actress thoroughly enjoys playing the busy-body hotel manager.

She added: "A part like this rarely comes along and I was very lucky that I met the writer Derren Litten who decided I fitted the bill. This role is the joy of my life.

"It's such an incredible family. I think the show's longevity is down to the most wonderful British humour, like the "Carry On" genre."

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