WHEN she first saw comedian Les Dennis 40 years ago, Sherrie Hewson thought she had found her future husband.
It didn’t matter that they were both already married to other people, the Benidorm star, 71, was convinced that one day they would end up together.
But it wasn’t meant to be; they’ve never been single at the same time, and Les, 68, is now married to Claire Nicholson – his third wife after splitting from Lynne Webster and UK Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.
Speaking to The Sun, Sherrie said: “When I first met Les we were very young and I don’t know why but I thought, ‘I’ll marry him eventually.’
“But obviously that didn’t happen. We’ve both been married to other people all the time. “
Les and Sherrie first worked together on Russ Abbot’s Madhouse series in 1980 and have remained close ever since.
They recently reunited for a UK tour of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical, where they perform alongside Lee Mead and Jessica Ellis.
Sherrie said it was nice to come back to the stage with her old friend, adding, “Although when we work together we moan like an old married couple.”
Ditch Dating Apps
Sherrie, born in Nottinghamshire, has been single since her divorce from Ken Boyd in 2011 after admitting to cheating on her.
She dipped her foot into the online dating pool, but now believes she is destined to stay single and won’t be back on apps after being bombarded with dirt.
Sherrie lamented, “I really don’t understand that kind of explicit pleasure people get from knowing what a shock you would have on your face because it’s an explicit image of a penis.
“When I got one, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I haven’t seen one in 15 years.’
“And I didn’t want to see any of them again, thank you very much. It was just awful.
The star, who has appeared on Coronation Street, Crossroads and Emmerdale as well as Loose Women and Celebrity Big Brother, vows to have another romance before she dies.
She claims it’s because a lot of guys who talk to her on dating apps expect her to be the same as her Benidorm character Joyce Temple Savage, who she played between 2012 and 2019.
When I got [a penis pic] I was like, ‘Oh my god, I haven’t seen one in 15 years’. And I didn’t want to see one again, thank you very much
But Sherrie insists she looks nothing like her “b*** h “alter ego.
“She was a good lady. She was very dry with everyone. Joyce thought she was absolutely stunning and everyone was as common as shit,” she said.
“It was wonderful to play. But that’s not who I am.
It comes just a year after she told The Sun exclusively that she would be ready to go out again as long as it’s a “young Robert Redford or a Clint Eastwood.”
Now her life revolves around her family rather than chasing after a new lover.
Sherrie spends most of her time when not working seeing her daughter Keeley and her three grandchildren Oliver, 15, Molly, 11, and Rosie, two.
But for the first time since welcoming her only child, Sherrie has been forced to spend Christmas alone due to fears surrounding Covid.
With the growing number of cases and the infectious variant of Omicron, the actress and her family have made the decision to isolate themselves from each other to make sure no one gets sick.
But it was a sacrifice Sherrie was prepared to make to prevent the country from entering another lockdown.
She fears that more restrictions will have a terrifying impact on people due to their loneliness.
Sherrie said, “We’ve done it before and if it happens again it’s going to be so much harder because we know what to expect.
“My family is only 10 minutes away, but if I can’t see them again, honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do.
During last year’s lockdown, Sherrie admits she ate and drank too much because she didn’t have much else to do.
Loved ones lost
The loss of her brother Brett Hutchinson, who died in April at the age of 71 from a brain tumor, also saw her turn to alcohol in an attempt to numb her consuming grief.
Almost a year later, things are looking up for Sherrie and she can feel her brother watching over her.
She said: “Like my dad, he’s always with me, but I can’t think too much of any of them or I’ll just cry.”
Sherrie stars as Slimming Club boss Julia Fleshman in Fat Friends, who she says is like a “pantomime villain.”
The comedy was adapted from the sitcom, which ran from 2000 to 2005 and originally starred Ruth Jones, James Corden, Sheridan Smith, and Alison Steadman, all of whom appeared on Gavin & Stacey.
She said, “There is no one in the room to put me down. Julia is a real slut.
“She’s not nice at all and it’s just fabulous to play.”
Sherrie Hewson to perform on Fat Friends The Musical UK and Ireland tour, January 14 through July 23, 2022 – fatfriendsmusical.com.