The 65-year-old actress, who plays Yasmeen Metcalfe on ITV soap, was embroiled in a domestic violence story for months in which her character was indicted and eventually freed from the attempted murder of her late husband Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) before he went died after a roof collapse in December.
And Shelley has now said that the conspiracy – which continued after Geoff’s death and Yasmeen still suffers as he leaves everything to his son Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) – was so emotional that it became “hell to live” at home .
Shelley paid tribute to her wife, director and actress Trilby James, saying, “It was hell to live with – I mean, poor Trilby! Thank goodness she is a wonderful director and actress and understands the process we all have to go through. “
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Shelley also praised her co-star Ian for working on the harrowing conspiracy because working with someone she “trusted” made the process easier.
She added during an appearance on ‘Lorraine’: “And thank goodness for Ian, whom I love and who I consider to be one of my dearest friends, because we trusted each other and helped each other so much and talked about and talked through our problems because we have to visit many dark places to restore that mood. “
Meanwhile, the actress recently said it was a “risk” for ITV soap bosses to continue coercive control after Geoff Metcalfe’s death, but said it was “morally wrong” not to follow the story after the abuse ended.
When asked how important it is to show that even if the abuse stops, the agony doesn’t, she said, “It’s hugely important, I discussed it at length with the producer and the story editor and we all knew how important it was it is .
“After we took the risk and it’s a risk in a soap to continue a storyline for the time we have, it wasn’t easy to accept at first, not just because of the horror, if, but also because Soaps traditionally don’t spend that much time researching a topic.
“Soaps are a moral compass and Coronation Street is great at dealing with these huge stories, but this one has been in operation for three years as it has spent so much time research and engagement that it would be morally wrong to look at its story after that not to follow abuse ends. “