Bronagh Waugh reveals she gave Hollyoaks co-star Joe Tracini a lapdance when he was in rehab after suicide attempt

The actress, 35, revealed she got creative when she visited the actor, 30, in rehab – and improvised a sexy routine on him.

Speaking about Joe, who plays Dennis Savage in the C4 soap, she said: "I’ll never forget visiting @joetracini in rehab with our @EmmettScanlan after a particularly dark time 4 him & being at a total loss of what 2do 2 help him or stop him.

"I made him placards of 10 reasons why we loved him & he shouldn’t kill himself"

"And then I did the Workd’s worst lip synch lap dance (fully clothed) & hobbling because of my bad back to #NaughtyByNature ‘s #Sunshine just to try & make him laugh..

"It worked. Because it was pathetic. I was pathetic. Hobbling around with a slipped disc rapping profanities about female labia being like kittens & sunshine…but he laughed.

"I laughed. Scan laughed. And we loved hard. Because what else can you do…?"

Bronagh has encouraged others to make their friends laugh if they are "struggling" with life.

She tweeted: "If you know your friend is struggling and you don’t know what to do… that’s ok. Just show up.

"Be a nerd. Make them laugh. Make a d**k out of yourself because that dark moment for them will pass…for a time.

"And then they can keep on keeping on…hopefully.

"The road is long & winding and there is no quick fix solution but it’s so important we talk to each other. Show up & be there for each other. Listen."

Joe got emotional on live TV this week while discussing his demons, admitting his brain sometimes tells him that taking his own life is the "best and only option" he has.

He said: "Something I've learnt is life is a stack of moments and you can only ever see one at a time, and sometimes my brain tells me that taking my life is the best and only option I've got.

"I know this happens to a lot of people.

"I think the important thing to tell myself and anybody else is that in that moment you might feel like that and you might feel like that in the next one, but there will always be a moment where you won't feel like that.

He added: "So please wait for it."

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