Corrie star Alexandra Mardell opens up about heartbreaking family loss

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Alexandra Mardell, who plays Emma Brooker in ITV’s Coronation Street, has revealed that she lost her father in 2016 and had no idea that he was ill at the time. The actress, 26, spoke of the devastating loss in a new interview and how it mirrors her character's recent storyline.

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Alexandra explained that she lost her dad to a heart attack, but he wasn’t aware that he had a heart condition. 

She told this week's OK! Magazine: “He had a heart attack. We weren’t aware that he was ill.

“He just had chest pains and then the next day he had a heart attack and passed away. It was a massive shock.”

The Corrie star has since taken part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for the heart disease cardiomyopathy. 

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She explained that while she doesn’t suffer from the condition, she does have a hole in her heart. 

She said: “Luckily I don’t have the condition, but I do have a hole in my heart.

“I find it hard to run and have difficulty breathing, but I’m not sure if that’s the hole or being unfit [laughs]!

“I wouldn’t know as I’ve always had it. Everyone is born with one and they usually close up, but mine didn’t.

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