Corrie's Charlie Lawson reveals sick punter mocked him as he had on-stage stroke

Corrie icon Charlie Lawson revealed he was mocked while having a stroke on stage back in 2018 by a man who called him ‘the next Tommy Cooper’.

The actor, best known for playing Jim McDonald on the ITV soap, was performing in a production of Rebus last October in Edinburgh, when he suddenly had a mini-stroke on stage.

To add to the horror, Charlie’s partner Debbie was in the audience and overheard horrific comments from people mocking him as he suffered his health scare.

‘Some witty you-know-what about two rows in front of her said, “ah, we’ve got another Tommy Cooper here”,’ Charlie revealed.

Comedian Tommy Cooper, known for his red fez and cigar chomping, passed away in 1984 on the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

During the show, which was being broadcast live on TV, Tommy suffered a heart attack, dying in front of the nation, who believed to begin with it was all part of his routine.

Thankfully, Charlie wasn’t to suffer a similar fate.

Speaking to Christine Lampard on Lorraine: ‘I thought I was indestructible, like the constitution of a short-horned steer, and then all of a sudden bang. I’m very lucky, I’m 100% fit and well.

‘I was on stage in Edinburgh in the middle of the second half, everybody went blue and I just didn’t know where I was, I had no idea,’ Charlie continued.

‘[Debbie] raced down and got to the dressing room by which time Big John Stahl had taken me off stage, I knew something was wrong.’

After being taken to hospital, he was given his diagnosis of having a mini-stroke, and after some rest he was able to return as if nothing had happened.

‘I was cool after 20 minutes, I took two shows off and then did another 75,’ he joked.

However, he was quick to warn others not to ignore signs that could point to the lead up of a stroke.

‘Absolutely and don’t ignore any signs you may have previously had,’ he said. ‘If you ain’t careful, you’ll go bang, and you might not make it through. Or make it through in a bad way.’

‘I’ve got good alarm bells and I now respect my life and my way of life a lot more than I did before,’ the actor added. ‘I listen to alarm bells now.’

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