November 27, 2008 / 5:53 AM / 11 years ago

Actress narrowly escapes Mumbai attacks

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian actress Brooke Satchwell, who starred in the successful Neighbours television drama, said she narrowly escaped the gunmen behind the Mumbai attacks by hiding in a hotel bathroom cupboard.

Satchwell, 28, was staying with friends at the Taj Mahal Hotel, where the attackers are still holding hostages.

She said she was heading back inside the building after smoking a cigarette when she heard gunshots.

“There was people getting shot in the corridor. There was someone dead outside the bathroom,” the shaken actress told Australian television on Thursday.

Satchwell said she, along with other guests, hid in a hotel bathroom. Satchwell locked herself inside a small cupboard, while other guests hid in cubicles until being escorted out by staff.

“Next thing I knew I was running down the stairs and there were a couple of dead bodies across the stairs. It was chaos,” she told Australian media.

Satchwell is best known for playing Anne Wilkinson in Neighbours, which is screened in many countries around the world. She is currently starring in another Australian drama and had been in Mumbai on holiday and for some filming.

Reporting by Rob Taylor, editing by Miral Fahmy

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