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Coronation Street star Shelley King discusses autism diagnosis

Coronation Street star Shelley King discusses autism diagnosis
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Coronation Street actor Shelley King opens up about her recent diagnosis of autism.

Coronation Street star Shelley King has admitted that she has found it "very difficult" to cope with some aspects of her job due to her autism.

The 68-year-old, who has played Yasmeen Nazir on the soap since 2014, revealed last year that she was undergoing a spectrum assessment for the condition following bouts of anxiety.

King has since received confirmation that she has autism, and discussing her health on Good Morning Britain today she revealed that she often finds it tough to adjust to meeting new people or entering new environments.

"In Coronation Street, things change all the time, if somebody goes ill you suddenly are doing their scenes," she explained.

"Also, on my first day, ten years ago, [when] I went into studio, I hadn't met any of the cast before.

"I hadn't actually met them, I knew Jimi Mistry (Kal) socially but I didn't actually know people. I find that very difficult, meeting new people, so what happens in Coronation Street took me a good few months to actually get to know the people I'm working with to therefore feel comfortable.

"I'm not very used to change, change is not a thing that actually helps me."

According to data from the National Autistic Society, around one in 100 people in the UK - some 700,000 people - are thought to be on the autism spectrum, although recent research has suggested that the true number could be twice as high.

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