Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins has opened up about how niece Emily Atack rushed to his hospital bedside after his horrifying on-stage heart attack.
Ted, 63, was performing at the MEN during a live reunion of the iconic Peter Kay sitcom in 2015 when he ended up collapsing in front of 25,000 people.
His life was saved by two audience members, but was later told he had been "clinically dead" before they stepped in.
Speaking about the moment he came around in hospital, Ted revealed that one of the people waiting by his bedside was Inbetweeners actress and I’m A Celebrity star Emily Atack.
Ted Robbins has opened up about how niece Emily Atack rushed to his hospital bedside
Ted said that Emily had been ‘in tears’
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In an emotional interview with the Daily Star, Ted said that Emily had tears running down her face.
He said: "I had a heart attack – my heart stopped,” Ted said.
“I was clinically dead. A paramedic and a doctor in the audience saved my life that night.
“All the family came to see me in hospital.
“Emily was on the side of the bed and her mother on the other side. Emily had mascara on.
Emily aided her uncle’s recovery
Ted admitted that he had been ‘nervous’ about Emily appearing on I’m A Celeb
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“And tears were dropping down from her eyes. She was crying and said, ‘Uncle Ted, I love you.’
“I said, ‘I love you too. Why are you crying?’
“She said, ‘I don’t know, every time I see you I’m always laughing. I’m always cheeky to you. I just love you.’”
Emily is his sister Kate’s daughter and Ted described her as having a "soft spot".
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Ted, who has now made a full recovery from the heart attack, said that he had been "really nervous" about Emily appearing in the jungle.
He said: "I thought she’d just be seen as this blond bombshell, having showers in bikinis on national TV, all that stuff. I was mortified.
"When you’re an old man like me and your niece is an attractive young woman, you think ‘Oh, I don’t want to watch Emily in a bikini under the waterfall.’"
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