Sherrie Hewson has revealed she is planning a "Hollywood adventure" after her shock exit from Loose Women.
The 65-year-old wants to try her luck in America after a long career on British TV, which has seen her star in shows including Benidorm, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Russ Abbot's Madhouse.
With 13 years under her belt, Loose Women's longest-serving panellist recently quit live on air.
In an interview with The Mirror, she explained: "I had a chance to go to Hollywood early in my career but I turned it down and I always wondered whether I'd done the right thing.
"I have a friend who's a casting director in LA and he sent me an email saying I'd be perfect for work over there now.
"He said they love British actresses who are older as we can still move our faces.
"Acting has always been my passion and I take it really seriously, so I think it's time for me to go back to that full time."
Sherrie said she took inspiration from actresses such as Betty White, 94.
"She's still out there, she's proof we can all do it," she said.
"How exciting is that at my age to think I could still be having a Hollywood adventure?"
The TV star said she was "disturbed" at the idea that she had not pursued her acting ambitions.
She said: "With all the things that had happened to me, I kind of let the acting go a bit. Loose Women became my life.
"That wasn't good because what I am is an actress, that's what I do for a living - and I'd let it slip through my fingers. That disturbed me a lot."
Sherrie's last day on the show will be September 5, and she admitted she will miss her fellow panellists.
During her years on the show she has faced a divorce, losing her hair, financial difficulties, and a breast cancer scare.