Sair Khan was in tears as she opened up about the impact that her mum's death had had on her.
The Coronation Street actress, who plays Alya in the ITV soap, was appearing on Channel 4's Sink or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer where she hopes to swim the Channel with other celebrities as part of a relay.
Revealing that she had had her ups and downs with anxiety, Sair said that with the challenge you feel so "raw and vulnerable".
She told viewers: "What it's actually opened up, it's a Pandora's box.
"I lost my mum earlier in the year and it's been incredibly difficult for me."
Later she took to Instagram to pay tribute to her mum, who she called "strong and fierce" and said that she was "still learning to heal" as she continues to grieve over her mum's death.
Sair also said that she was sure that her mum was still looking down on her.
She wrote next to a photo of herself with her mum: "My Mum died. It’s so hard for me to say those words without getting a lump in my throat.
"Let me tell you a thing or two about the lady I called Mama. She was strong and fierce and a little bit sassy. You definitely wouldn’t mess with her. In primary school I desperately wanted my independence, the last thing I wanted was my mother walking me to school.
"I fought and argued with her and sometimes she let me set off alone and although I hardly ever looked back I always knew she was just a few steps behind me. The protective lioness who would never let me come to harm.
"Beneath her toughness there was a love so pure. I didn’t admit it but I was scared and so thankful for her watching over me, I know she still is.
"This year I have felt a loss so profound that my whole body has ached. I’ve cried enough tears to fill the English Channel. I’ve felt raw pain and i know I’m not the only one. I stand in solidarity with all of you who have lost a parent, a friend, or anyone that has shaped you into the person you are today.
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