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Stephanie Beacham says she struggles to learn her lines after cottage break-in

The 75-year-old was the victim of an armed robbery last year

Stephanie Beacham as Martha in Coronation Street. (ITV)
Stephanie Beacham as Martha in Coronation Street. (ITV)

Coronation Street star Stephanie Beacham has admitted she struggles to learn her lines ever since she was the victim of an armed robbery last year.

The Dynasty star also said she did not feel safe in her Bayswater cottage anymore after it was broken into by "career burglar" David Wilson.

Earlier this week, Wilson was sentenced to over 10 years in prison for the burglary after he plead guilty to breaking into Beacham's home as well as another robbery committed in 2021.

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During the proceedings, Judge Martin Griffiths said: "What you did had a traumatic effect on her. You violated the safe space of her home causing her to be suspicious of non-existent threats and even the difficulty of learning her lines when she goes for an acting job."

Stephanie Beacham is evicted in fifth place during the Celebrity Big Brother Final, at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Stephanie Beacham has said she is struggling to learn lines after her home was broken into. (Getty Images)

Prosecutor John Traversi also read Beacham's victim statement which said: "She says what she had considered her very safe, cosy, cottage no longer feels safe."

The statement also included examples of Beacham being anxious in public and around others including: "She had to ask her partner to come and get cash out of a cashpoint and felt herself being more aware of people in the streets and making more of a conscious effort to avoid contact with others."

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It was also told to the court that Beacham had doubled her sleep medication, suffers from nightmares and panic attacks and no longer walks her dog after dark.

Wilson has a long history of burglary and has 34 convictions for burglary or attempted burglary. He was been convicted of a crime 64 times and is currently being held in Wandsworth prison.

Beacham did not have to give evidence in court as Wilson plead guilty to the offences. A trial had initially been scheduled for later this month.

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