Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati has no regrets about leaving 'Coronation Street'.

But I think I made the choice well

The actress quite her role as Sunita Alahan in 2005, after five years in the ITV soap, and although she is now reprising her part, she insists it was the right decision at the time.

The mother-of-one said: "In 2005, my son Ashkay was nine years old and just about to move up to secondary school. I'm a lone parent so I had to get used to home life a little more. It was time to do other things and be more anonymous.

"It was a tough decision. I lost sleep over it. But I think I made the choice well. I never thought, 'What have I done?' "

Shobna - who first shot to fame playing Anita in BBC sitcom 'Dinnerladies' in 2001 - also admitted she finds to hard to deal with fame.

She told Scotland's Sunday Mail newspaper: "It can take over your life. People began to treat me as Sunita. My son is now 15 but when I was in 'Dinnerladies' he was only three. All he's ever known is people coming up to me in the street and talking to me as my screen character. I'm not stupid ... I knew that could always happen. But there's got to be a time when it's not ever present."