After 12 years playing the intensely annoying Rosie Webster, she has had enough of the increasingly promiscuous nature of her character.
In an interview with OK magazine, she said: “Iâve played the character of Rosie for 12 years, but now I just want to be Helen. Itâs time for me to be myself. I didnât enjoy playing her when she went through a promiscuous phase, though. Luckily she shows more heart these days.”
“I realised I had to do this after taking a three-month sabbatical from April to June this year. During my time away from the Street, I felt free. One of the first things I did was cut my hair short and I dyed in bright blonde. I felt fearless and girlie. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time.”
The 22-year-old will now move in with her Swansea City footballer boyfriend of two years, Scott Sinclair.
The âfearlessâ? Flanagan has announced that she will be using her new-found freedom to take cookery lessons in preparation for her new domestic life.
She adds: “We havenât rushed into living together or taken it lightly. Weâve been together for two years, so weâre sure we want to live with each other.”
Does this mean that webisodes of âJust Rosieâ? will come to dramatic denouement? And after the X Factorâs dismal weekend performance, itâs not as if ITV1 needed another catastrophic blow to audience ratings….