Former Coronation Street star Sherrie Hewson has revealed she was subjected to a terrifying sexual ­assault by a 'very famous' film director early in her career.

Sherrie says she was 'chased' around her attacker's flat after he stripped naked.

The actress and former Loose Women star, says her attacker lured her to his flat, plied her with booze and pounced in the dark while she tried to sleep, she told the Mirror.

Sherrie was just 21 when the director ­offered her a lift home from drama school, then detoured to a restaurant before making an excuse to stop at his flat.

Sherrie in Beniform

He then offered her a bed on his sofa for the night after claiming he'd had some wine and couldn't drive her home.

When asked if she thought she would be raped Sherrie, who is now 70, said: “His intention was to have sex. He was naked.”

Sherrie, who played Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street from 1993 to 1997 and also played Lesley Meredith in Emmerdale from 2004 to 2006 and Joyce Temple-Savage in the sitcom Benidorm from 2012 to 2018, says she 'ran for her life.'

Sherrie as Maureen Holdsworth

“I took my dress off and I was in my bra and knickers on the couch with the duvet, lights out, end of story," she recalled.

“Within minutes, he burst into the room naked and, for the next hour, he chased me. It sounds funny, but he chased me up and down the house, in and out of doors, in and out of wardrobes… everything you can imagine.

"I just ran for my life.”

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She says her attacker finally gave up and told her she could sleep on the floor but to get out before he got up in the morning.

The terrified star put her clothes back on and ran out of the flat in the middle of the night.

She was left so scared by her ordeal she didn't tell anyone what had happened.

Sherrie claims he later blocked her from landing an acting role.

“He was very famous, and he’s still very ­famous,” she said.

For support or information surrounding sexual assault contact the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 or visit rapecrisis.org.uk