sw.jpgThis week in her regular weekly column, Flaming Nora gets a few things off her chest...

As well as being a huge Coronation Street fan, I’m also editor of Corrieblog . It filled my feminist heart with glee when I read that Sally Whittaker, who plays Corrie’s Sally Webster, had given sage advice to her on-screen daughter Rosie, played by Helen Flanagan. Sally’s advice to Helen was to stay clear of baring all for the lads mags because “there are so many other lovely things she can do and she might regret it”.

Good one Sally. Which actress in their right mind would want to be better known for getting her tits out for the lads’ mags than for her acting skills in one of the world’s oldest, best loved and highly regarded telly programmes? Sadly, there have been a few.

Nikki Sanderson, who played Candice Stowe, continues to gets her bits and bobs out at every opportunity while striving to be taken seriously as an actress. Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt) and Samia Smith (Maria Sutherland) have also gone down the same route. It happens, I know. Maybe I’m being fuddy-duddy, but I’d rather it didn’t. These women are talented, beautiful, why do they need to do bare their breasts and sell their soul to the lads’ mags?

Anyway, last week in The Sun, ex-Corrie actress Suranne Jones, who played Karen McDonald, revealed all. She told the paper about the pressure to take her kit off when she was starring in Corrie and said: “While no one forces you to do Loaded and Maxim and other lads’ mags, you do get lead down that road. I wanted to be an actress, but I found myself posing in my bikini”.

Shocking, eh? How does that happen?

You know, one minute I’m wanting to be a writer and I’m blogging away, the next I’m in my skimpies on the front page of Nuts. Not. There is always a choice. Always. [Flaming Nora]

Flaming Nora is editor of Corrieblog