Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan – who of course recently starred in this year’s I’m A Celebrity – has ruled out a return to the ITV soap, having blamed her role on the show for causing her depression.
Helen of course played air-head Rosie Webster, a role which often required her to act in a manner that Helen apparently found demeaning.
It was of course widely reported last year that Helen had suffered debilitating panic attacks while on the show, and it was claimed that’s why she left.
A Corrie source told the Mirror, “There was a lot of disappointment on the set when Helen came out and said what she did, especially as people looked after her on the show…
“Her character was very popular and there was a genuine feeling that she could return one day.
“But that’s not going to happen now.”
And Helen added, “When I was about 16, all these storylines suddenly happened with Rosie doing sexy scenes.
“My character changed the minute I grew breasts. I went overnight from a 32AA to a 32E and at times I struggled with it.
“I was willing to do the scenes because it seemed like fun. But it also felt weird because my family are very strict.
“Rosie may have been very promiscuous, but I was the complete opposite.”
She added, “I did one really sexy scene with loads of dialogue. I struggled with the words, wearing a bra and knickers and felt very self-conscious.
“I was going through bad depression and it was too much pressure – I burst into tears.
“I think people thought I was a drama queen, but I was depressed.”
A Corrie spokesman added, “We’ve had no discussions about bringing back Helen’s character.”
I have to say, though I can see what Helen means about her role often being distressing to a modest teenager, I’d love to see Rosie back. Would you?
Here’s a reminder of her on the show…