Stephanie Beacham hid in the toilet while the hammer-wielding burglar ransacked the house

Judge Martin Griffiths said: “What you did had a traumatic effect on her.

“You breached the safe space of her home causing her to be suspicious of non-existent threats and even having difficulty learning her lines when she goes for acting work.”

“She was afraid to come home”

Ms Beacham, who returned to Coronation Street as Martha Fraser last year – more than 12 years after she last appeared on the ITV soap – described the raid as a “total invasion of my privacy”.

Reading from her victim impact statement, Mr Traversi said: “She says what she thought was very safe, comfortable, her cottage no longer feels safe.”

The prosecutor described an incident where Ms Beacham thought she heard a noise upstairs when she had returned home and had her neighbor stand at the door while she checked.

“Mrs Beacham had a knife in her hand and she didn’t even realize it. He didn’t know what he was going to do, if anything,” she said.

“She had to ask her partner to come and get cash from a till and she felt she was more aware of people on the streets and made more of a conscious effort to avoid contact with others.

“She had a really hard time learning her lines. Is an actor.

“She was struggling to concentrate and without the support of the workers with her, she thought she might struggle to fulfill her contract.

“She was afraid to return home, which she always considered her safe place.

“She thought of herself as mentally strong, but it made her feel old and vulnerable.”

The court heard that Mrs Beacham has doubled up on her sleeping medication, has nightmares and panic attacks and no longer walks her dog after dark.

Wilson has 64 previous convictions

Wilson also took her iPhone, her purse containing her bank cards and driver’s license, and a pair of earrings.

Ms Beecham made her film debut in 1971 in The Nightcomers with Marlon Brando and also later starred in the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys as the glamorous Sable Colby.

Wilson also admitted a separate burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Sheffield while she was in hospital, in which he stole her 1985 paraplegic snooker championship medal, a ladder and a mattress.

He has 64 previous convictions, including 34 for burglary or attempted burglary and two convictions for aggravated burglary.

Claire Mawer, defending, said her client had been addicted to cocaine and heroin since the age of 15, had written a letter in which he said: “What I did was so wrong and I understand the effect my offending has had.”

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