Helen Flanagan will be returning to cobbles to reprise her iconic role as the feisty Rosie Webster after a four-year absence.
But the mum-of-one has recently revealed that her exit from Coronation Street in 2012, was followed by dark period where the actress even contemplated ending her own life.
The 26-year-old – who has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorder in the past – appeared on I’m a Celeb the same year she waved goodbye to Weatherfield. After her stint in the jungle the star admitted to suffering from debilitating panic attacks so powerful that they left her fantasising about killing herself by driving into a wall.
Thankfully Helen reveals that becoming a mum to the now 18-month-old Matilda – and taking a break from the limelight – helped to bring her back from the brink.
Revealing her excitement about taking up her soap role once more, Helen also let slip that her comeback was engineered by on-screen sister and real-life friend Brooke Vincent. Vincent approached show bosses on Helen’s behalf. And Helen admits that she was “over the moon when they asked me, as I wanted to come back for a while”.
Vincent- who plays Sophie Webster on the hit soap – has also opened up about how motherhood has “really changed Helen and made her more focused”. And as if to demonstrate this fact, Helen revealed that she has been taking acting lessons in readiness for her role. But even with all the preparation in the world, Helen admitted that she still struggles with emotionally charged storylines.
“I really enjoy playing the comedy and the fun. It takes a massive toll on you doing hard and difficult storylines.
“Rosie has come back a lot more likeable now which won’t be boring to watch but it’s easier to play.”
Yet despite the challenges her character could potentially face, the actress revealed that Corrie was – and still is – the only soap for her.
“Coronation Street would be the only soap I’d ever do,” she said.
“I’d have probably just been a stay-at-home mum if they hadn’t asked me back.”
Helen we’re rooting for you, and can’t wait to see you back on our screens!
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