SHAMELESS star Tina Malone was arrested after being caught with cocaine during a panto performance.
Police have confirmed she was held at a theatre in Barrow in Cumbria after a performance of Sleeping Beauty on Friday night.
The former TV star was with a young child at the time, witnesses have claimed.
Crowds were still streaming out of the Cloud 9 Theatre when the 54-year-old actress was walked out by officers in handcuffs.
A spokesperson for Cumbria Police confirmed the force was tipped off the actress may be in possession of cocaine. She was later cautioned for the offence.
Liverpudlian Tina had been playing the wicked fairy godmother Carabosse for the panto season.
It finished its run yesterday with Tina being replaced by the director in the final performances.
The panto’s Facebook page said: “The part of Carabosse will be played by the incredible Alan French.
“No further comment will be made at this time.”
The actress – who also starred in soap Brookside – has been sharing the stage with Big Brother contestant Ellie Young, who plays the princess.
Tina also appeared in the reality show in 2009 but is best known for her role as Mimi Maguire in Channel 4 drama Shameless.
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