ACTRESS Jennifer Ellison is nursing a broken wrist after a bizarre accident in Sunderland.
The former Brookside star was starring in Calendar Girls at the Sunderland Empire when she was injured trying to stop a piano from toppling over.
Other cast members rushed to help the 28-year-old as Jennifer, who plays Miss September in the show, screamed out in agony.
The drama happened just 30 minutes before the curtain was due to go up on a packed house last Wednesday.
It meant her understudy had to be drafted in at the last minute. But Jennifer was back on stage the next day wearing a bright pink cast.
A show source said: “It was chaos because it all happened just half an hour before the curtain went up.
“The piano began tipping over and Jennifer bravely tried to stop it but she didn’t stand a chance.”