Jennie McAlpine filmed 'Coronation Street' scenes the day after her father died.

Jennie McAlpine

Jennie McAlpine

The soap star - whose late dad Tom passed away in March 2017 - has revealed she was back on set the next day because she knew he would have wanted her to return to work on the cobbles.

Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: "I haven't spoken about this before, but I went back in and filmed scenes the day after he died. I knew that's what he would have wanted me to do...

"I told Alan [Halsall] what had happened and then he told everyone else. The producers were great, checking if I wanted to go ahead.

"It was two scenes in the Rovers. I'd cried the day before so to spend the morning laughing at work was quite cathartic.

"Also there was a new actor coming in and I didn't want him to be messed around."

The 36-year-old actress admitted not everyone would have made the same decision, and she did find it quite draining being on set at such an emotional time.

She explained: "I hadn't really slept the night before so I was pretty knackered afterwards. It took a lot out of me.

"I know other people wouldn't have chosen to do what I did and that's absolutely fine - we all react differently to grief."

Jennie has played Fiz Brown on 'Corrie' since 2001, and she also revealed she still thinks her soap run could end "at any time".

She added: "It's a brilliant job to have a family in because of the stability, but for all I know I might be for the chop at any time.

"I stepped away to do the jungle and I loved working with Rylan [Clark-Neal] last year on 'Supermarket Sweet' so I'm very lucky that I get to do different things.

"Returning from maternity leave the second time after nine months away was a wrench and I could so happily stay at home all the time, but I love 'Corrie' so I have no intention of leaving right now."