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Flanagan: I wanted Holby City role

Helen Flanagan has revealed she had no hesitations about signing on for Holby City.

The former Coronation Street star will make a guest appearance as new nurse Kirsty Brompton in BBC One’s medical drama, which marks her first appearance in a TV drama since she left her role as Rosie Webster on the ITV soap in 2012.

“When I left Coronation Street, I really wanted a break from acting. I’d been in it for 12 years and I just needed some time out. Corrie was all I’d known since I was nine years old, so I went for a quiet life for a while,” she told TV Times.

“But when this part came up in Holby for one episode, I thought it would be really good. I just felt this was the appropriate time. I’ve done a few short films, but this is the first TV role that I wanted to do.”

Helen, who appeared on ITV’s reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2013, will make her debut on the show on August 19, where Kirsty is brought in by Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) after a tough selection process.

“Kirsty’s a terrible nurse! She’s just a troublemaker and a flirt. She’s quite an entertaining character and really funny, so I hope people enjoy her,” she said.

The actress revealed she has more acting roles in mind.

“I’d love to do theatre and I’d love to do more TV – I really want to act in a period drama,” she said. “I don’t want to shake anything off. I’m proud of what I’ve done. It’s a really exciting time for me and I’m looking forward to exploring other projects.”

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