Actress Celia Imrie has revealed that she narrowly escaped death as she was out celebrating Bastille Day in Nice during the terrorist attack that left 84 dead.
'It was a miracle for me that I survived - unlike for other poor people,' she said of the attack on July 14 last year, when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into the crowds.
The attack has left such an impact on the southern French city that, after publishing two books based on life there, she no longer feels able to write about it.
Actress Celia Imrie has revealed that she narrowly escaped death as she was out celebrating Bastille Day in Nice during a terrorist attack that left 84 dead
Speaking to the Guardian about an upcoming novel, she said: 'It would have been extremely difficult to write about the tragedy - and difficult to leave it out.'
Miss Imrie, who has appeared in TV comedy Dinnerladies and movie Calendar Girls during her long career, has an apartment overlooking the Med in the city.
The actress, now 64, published her memoirs in 2011, a book called the Happy Hoofer, in which she talked of good times but also revealed darker periods.
She wrote about how she was treated for anorexia at the age of 14 by a controversial scientist, William Sargant, who gave her electro-convulsive therapy and anti-psychotic drug Largactil.
The most enduring image of Imrie is probably of her posing with only a cherry bakewells covering her nipples from Calendar Girls
Today, his books are said to be studied by Al Qaida, wrote Imrie, who has talked extensively about anorexia during her career to highlight the dangers it poses.
But despite her earlier body issues, the enduring image of Imrie as an actress is probably the one of her posing naked with only a pair of cherry bakewells covering her nipples from Calendar Girls.
In her 60s at the time, after seeing the footage she had a meeting with an American management company who suggested she had surgical work.
However, during the interview this week, Imrie joked that she opted not to take their advice because she was 'just a coward'.
Her autobiography was so popular that she was offered contracts to write novels and published two set in a fictional town based on Nice, Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (If You Can Get It).
Although after seeing the impact of the attack in the city, her third book, Sailing Away, is set on the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to New York.
But the tragedy in Nice, along with the death of friend Victoria Wood last year, who she described as 'a genius', has inspired to work harder than ever.
Imrie has published two novels based on Nice, Not Quite Nice, pictured left, and Nice Work (If You Can Get It), right, but said it is now too difficult to write about the city after the attack
She will soon appear in movie A Cure For Wellness, which is directed by Gore Verbiski, who made Pirates of the Caribbean.
The movie is about a Wall Street trainee who is sent to a bizarre Swiss 'wellness centre' to retrieve a senior colleague, but none of the elderly residents want to leave.
Imrie plays a resident who seems content playing badminton on the lawn but appears in shocking scenes in which she has creatures crawling under her skin.
But she has a role in the comedy Better Things, shot in the U.S. coming up, followed by a Broadway production of King Lear alongside Glenda Jackson.