Liz Dawn is reportedly fighting for her life in hospital.
The 'Coronation Street' legend - who quit her role as Vera Duckworth due to ill health in 2008 after 34 years on screen - suffers from lung condition emphysema and was rushed to a Manchester medical facility on Thursday (07.09.17) suffering from chest pains and fluid on her lungs.
A source told the Sun on Sunday newspaper: "She's been in and out of hospital quite a few times in the last few years and normally the family are quite upbeat, but this time they seem more concerned.
"She's not in a good way and her loved ones are obviously very worried."
The 77-year-old actress has been housebound for several weeks and been using a wheelchair, and in June, she missed the wedding of her grandson, Thomas Borso, to Alice Coughlin in Italy after having surgery related to a heart condition.
She said at the time: "I've got no energy but once the operation is done I will be looking forward to being as back to my normal self and getting my energy back."
In 2013 she had a pacemaker fitted after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.
She admitted shortly afterwards: "My health is very bad these days."
Liz first appeared on 'Corrie' in 1974 and her partnership with Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth was a huge hit with fans for years.
Although her character was killed off in 2000, dying peacefully in her sleep, she made a brief reappearance as a vision to Jack as he passed away in a moving scene which saw them share one last dance.
Bill died in 2012.