Former Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle has apologized for a “childish and incendiary tweet” about Oliver Battersby’s story.
Vicky clashed with Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, after criticizing scripts for the soap.
The 42-year-old Jen has been widely praised for her heartbreaking Friday night watching in which she shows a final farewell to her dying son Oliver.
But in a tweet that has since been deleted, Vicky, 52, played stepmother Janice Battersby in SoapHe seemed unimpressed by the writing.
Georgia Taylor, who plays Jane’s half-sister Toyah tweeted, “My beautiful, brilliant friend @ RealJaneDanson, you blew me away.”
Vicky replied, “But imagine if she had better writers behind her !!! That was really a thing !!!”
Jane, whose character made the devastating decision by agreeing to stop supporting Oliver’s life after months of fighting, responded, “This is very disrespectful. It was some of the best scenarios she’s ever had.
“Shame on writing that! So frustrating how was that comment!”
Vicky, who played the oral Janice from 1997 to 2011, later tweeted: “I apologized to RealJaneDanson this morning. Really.
“She’s an amazing actress! My tweet was childish and painful. I realize that and I’m really sorry for any harm it might have caused.”
Jane replied, “Thanks. Xs.”
The star of the series has received the support of a group of fans on social media.
“I feel this story helped raise awareness and educate people. Great acting!” One tweet.
Another said, “You broke it down, Jin last night … She should be winning a lot of awards. Outstanding acting.”
“Oh my God, anyone can criticize the writing or the performance beyond me. Both were perfect. So touching and so powerful,” another told her.
Jane said she was “overwhelmed” by the reaction to the harrowing story.
She tweeted after the double bill Friday night: “I am honored to give this story to tell itvcorrie along with the wonderful cast and directors brett_fallis Abe Dukes and our writers Eileen Taylor and Joe Turner. Thank you very much.”
Corrie worked with the Lily Foundation on a heart-wrenching story about Oliver, who had a life-limiting mitochondrial disease that there is currently no cure for.
Soap highlighted the condition, which woefully affects hundreds of real-life families, with the charity supporting families living with mitochondrial disease.
Oliver, son of Leanne and Steve MacDonald, was diagnosed in May after suffering from seizures.
The Lily Foundation’s role has been to ensure that the texts are realistic and reflect the real-life stories of families affected by Mito.
The Lily Foundation was founded in 2007 by Liz Curtis in memory of her daughter, Lily, who died of mitochondrial disease at the age of eight months.
Mitochondrial disease is a term for a group of medical disorders caused by mutations in the mitochondria, the tiny organelles found in nearly every cell in our body that generate about 90 percent of the energy we need to live.
Cells cannot function properly without healthy mitochondria, so when they fail, the consequences can be serious and widespread.
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Mitochondrial diseases affect people in multiple ways, depending on which cells are affected.
This can make the condition difficult to diagnose, as symptoms often resemble those of other serious diseases.
A person with mitochondrial disease may experience seizures, fatigue, vision and hearing loss, cognitive impairments, respiratory problems or poor growth. Any of the body’s organs and systems can be affected, including the brain, heart, lungs, intestines, liver, and skin.
If you have or live with someone with mitochondrial disease, for information about the disease and available support, visit thelilyfoundation.org.uk
To donate to the Lily Foundation click here.