JENNIE McAlpine described it as a seriously scary experience.
Even more frightening than bumping into John Stape again.
I spoke to her yesterday about the Coronation Street special of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
It will be screened later this month.
Jennie, who plays Fiz Brown, recorded the celebrity charity special earlier this summer with Samia Smith (Maria Connor).
The pair were first into the hot seats and followed by Sally Whittaker (Sally Webster) and Michael Starke (Jerry Morton).
Bury-born Jennie was playing for a cause close to her heart – the Manchester-based Mood Swings Network.
It’s a mental health charity which supports those with mood disorders and their carers.
Her father Tom is the chairman and she hoped to raise both cash and awareness by facing Chris Tarrant.
“I’ve always wanted to go on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
“But it’s true what they say – it’s much harder answering the questions in the studio than sat at home,” she told me.
“You can be absolutely certain of an answer but still have doubts.
“It’s seriously scary when you’re sat there facing Chris Tarrant.
“Samia and I just screamed our way through the whole thing but it was a fabulous experience and I’m so pleased to have done it.
“I couldn’t have had a better partner.”
She added: “You only get one chance in the hot seat and it’s even more nerve-wracking when you’re playing for charity.
“We’ve also had to keep quiet about how much we raised since filming it.
“There are so many people who need the unique support Mood Swings gives.
“That was the whole point of going on the programme.”
Samia was hoping to hit the jackpot for Cancer Research UK in the first of three ITV1 celebrity charity specials.
Sally played for international anti-poverty agency Action Aid while Michael’s chosen charity was Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool.
How much the Corrie stars won will be revealed when a new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? begins on Saturday August 16.
*Mood Swings Network has launched a new helpline: 0845 123 6050.
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