Shobna Gulati
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Shobna Gulati, a British actress of Indian origin, has quit Twitter following a series of racist statements that were posted on the micro-blogging site.

 The actress who plays Sunita Alahan in the BBC soap "Coronation Street" has said that the racist comments on Twitter were "like a horror movie".

The 45-year-old star was forced to quit Twitter after online bullies posted sick nasty comments, one of which included a warning: "I'll always be here to bother you." One user tweeted, "You're not British, you're foreign," while another post read: "You have got to be the ugliest f***** I've ever seen."

After posting the sick comments, bullies also posted mutilated snapshots of Alahan online,The Sun reported.

Devastated by the racial abuse, Gulati told The Sun that "Being racially abused on Twitter really shook me up. It felt like going back in time to the 1970s. It put me in mind of a psycho - like a horror movie."

"I just decided enough was enough. I tried to ignore it but it started to affect my confidence. Violent, vitriolic hatred gives people their moment in the spotlight. It beggars belief," the actress continued.

The star last posted a tweet on June 17 that read: "Tweets ta dees need another twitter break. Thanks for the banter the follows the support loved being back but now time to sort other stuff."

Gulati is the latest celebrity who quit Twitter because of racist comments. Earlier Towie star Lauren Goodger and Mark Wright became the victims of the online trolling phenomenon. 

Gulati, whose parents are Indian, decided to talk about her experience after Lauren was attacked for her weight issues. Last week, a Twitter user labeled Lauren "a fat kebab-legged ogre."

Talking about Lauren's incident, Gulati said, "I know how she feels. It's just bullying."