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Monday 26th August 2019

Coronation Street's Alexandra Mardell reveals family heartache with adorable throwback snap

It's all in aid of charity

Alexandra Mardell, who plays Coronation Street hairdresser Emma Brooker has shared an cute throwback picture of her childhood with her late father.

The actress posted the snap to her Instagram account to tell fans she is taking part in a 10K race to raise funds for Cardiomyopathy UK after her dad passed away from the disease three years ago.

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I am taking part in the @great_run to raise awareness and donate to @cardiomyopathyuk. My Dad passed away 3 years ago from this disease. It came as a shock to us all and was something we had never heard of. My Dad was larger than life and I hope his spirit helps me through! Due to my personal history @cardiomyopathyuk have advised me to walk the 10k as a precaution. I have always struggled with running but I have tried to build up my ability over this past few months. I am certainly no Usain Bolt, but I have improved and will do my best to run and walk in intervals, to push myself but stay safe. Complete not compete! I hope my participation in this run and the extremely generous donations have helped other families suffering from Cardiomyopathy. Knowledge is power. Thank you to everyone again who has donated so far and for your support! There is a link in my bio for more info and link to my Just Giving page. Look after your heart ❣

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She explained that: "Due to my personal history @cardiomyopathyuk have advised me to walk the 10K as a precaution.

"I have always struggled with running but I have tried to build up my ability over these past few months. I am certainly no Usain Bolt, but I have improved and will do my best to run and walk in intervals, to push myself but stay safe.

"Complete not compete!"

She went on to thank everyone for their support in her challenge and urged fans to "Look after your heart."

Alexandra is a hit on the cobbles (Credit: ITV)

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Fans were quick to show their support to Ali's cause with one saying: "So sorry to hear that, I am sure your dad would be really proud of you stay strong. Sending big hugs to you that's a wonderful pic of you and your daddy."

Another added: "He would be so proud."

Alexandra has recently been using social media to show off a series of dramatic hair transformations. 

The usually blonde, curly haired actress donned a sleek black wig as she glammed up for a night out at The Ivy in Manchester last month.

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Staircase snaps 📸 @theivymanchester @femmeluxefinery @s8eyecandy #letsgetwiggy #luxegal #femmeluxe

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Fans rushed to comment, with many cries of: "Love your hair," with someone saying: "Love your hair straight."

Another added: "Didn't even recognise you. You look absolutely stunning!"

"Wowwwwwwww Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful ❤️," cried someone else.

It's not the first time the 25-year-old star - who plays trainee crimper Emma Brooker in the Weatherfield soap - has changed up her look.

Earlier this year she attended a performance of musical Annie sporting a strawberry blonde bob.

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Sharing a snap of her 'date night' on Instagram, the soap favourite told her new 'do was in fact a wig.

"Trying to be Annie in @hairarvina," she noted in the caption.

Fans were blown away by the head-turning style choice, hailing the Audrey's apprentice actress as "gorgeous".

A trip to the theatre for Alexandra (Credit: Instagram/alexandramardell)

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"Your hair really looks fabulous like this!" commented one follower on Instagram.

"Oh wow, I didn't recognise you! You look stunning," added another.

A third enthused: "Your hair looks insane!"

Unlucky-in-love character Emma first appeared on the cobbles in April 2018, having a brief fling with David Platt as he struggled with his rape ordeal.

Since then the sweet-natured hair salon hopeful has been romanced by Chesney Brown - but lost him to Gemma Winter.

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