Dobson played Angie Watts during the '80s, when the programme won record numbers of viewers.
"I went from being a jobbing actress who was just earning a living to being the second most photographed woman in Britain, next to Princess Diana - but it was exciting too and I wouldn't have swapped it for a second," she said.
"Wonderful things happened to me - I met my husband, I got invited to previews and premieres, I was asked to do fashion shoots and front covers of magazines. You've just got to embrace it and do the best you can."
Dobson said that she believes she knows why people were drawn to the character of Angie, explaining: "I think it was the fact that she was a survivor and she was funny.
"That's what drew me to the character - that she could be on the floor, drunk, weeping buckets, mascara everywhere, then drag herself up the next morning in that old blue dressing gown, tidy herself up and be in the bar that night telling jokes and looking a million dollars."