CORONATION Street actress Samia Longchambon has been backed by her soap co-stars after she detailed a heartbreaking confession.
The Maria Windass actress, 40, lost her father Joe in 2009, when he died from cancer.
Devastated Samia has since spoken candidly about his passing, and told how she honours him on both his birthday in June and on Christmas.
The former Dancing On Ice star admitted she pours whisky on his grave twice a year – as that is his favourite drink.
Yet with her grief continuing to take different forms, Samia today told how it has again hit her hard.
Alongside an image of her with her dad in a white photo frame, she wrote: “A funny thing just happened. I just thought I’m going to give my dad a call.
“He passed away over 13 years ago but every now and then for a split second I forget.
“And then it’s like a punch in the gut all over again to know that I’ll never be able to speak to him. I still have his number in my phone.”
Samia, whose husband Sylvain never met her dad, added: “Grief is weird isn’t it. Just thought I’d share it in case it happens to any of you who have lost loved ones … sending love to you.
I’m gonna listen to some classics from The Drifters now (his favourite band) and remember some fun times.”
Her Coronation Street co-star’s were quick to sympathise and offer their kind words of support.
Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, shared: “Aw love, I did exactly the same thing last week, then burst into tears. Always there.”
Jane’s on-screen sister Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Habeeb, wrote: “Huge love to you, darling woman.”
And Sally Carman who plays Abi Webster put: “Oh Sam, sending you so much love.”
Back in 2017, Samia posted a heartfelt message from her father’s graveside.
She uploaded a poem, which read: “What we’d give if we could say/Hello, Dad in the same old way/To hear your voice, see your smile/To sit with you and chat awhile/So you have your Father/Cherish him with care/For you’ll never know the heartache/Till you see his vacant chair.”
Alongside the poem, she wrote: “Sat by my dads grave today on what would’ve been his birthday.. feeling sadness that he’s not here with me but so grateful for the life he gave me.. ❤️ #missyoudad #joebond”
The actress’s mum Patsy commented to support her daughter, writing: “That’s so beautiful and so very true what a lovely poem. I miss him too sam believe me he is very proud of you as am I. Mum.xx”