Helen Joyce Gabriel Flanagan is an English actress and model who was born into a strict Roman Catholic working-class family. While not as well known to American audiences, she is known in England for playing the character of Rosie Webster on the soap opera “Coronation Street” since 2000 when she was ten years old (She had her first on-screen kiss at age 13).
Helen said, “When I was about 16, all these storylines suddenly happened…with all these sexy scenes and I really didn’t understand any of it. I was clueless.” She developed an eating disorder at 16. She is now known as a stunning siren with a 32E bust.
Helen said, “People want to make me out as this brainless airhead with big boobs. It really grates and hurts so much. I absolutely hate it…I can be a bit ditzy and dizzy, but I feel very misunderstood. How dare people say I’m stupid?” (She was criticized for calling Wales boring when she lived there when her boyfriend was playing for Swansea.)
Her nickname is Helz and she started taking drama lessons from the age of 5. She was in numerous advertisements before landing the part of Rosie Webster. While filming, she had an on-set tutor. Helen said of her role, “Rose is outrageous and such a madam and I love playing her. I get to do things that I would never dare do.”
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Helen Flanagan left the soap opera in February 2012 and later participated in the English reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” where she finished in 7th place. She said on the show, “Seriously, I go up a cup size when I eat after dinner and then it goes down again later.” She also participated in her own ITV2 spin-off show, “Just Rosie,” in which her character moved to London to be a glamour model.
In 2012, Helen revealed her battle with depression and anxiety. She told The Sun, “One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I just crashed my car now and it was all over?” She takes medication for bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. She has since come out of her depression.
She told the Daily Mail, “I know I can come across as vain, but I hide behind my looks, because if I think people aren’t taking me seriously, I may as well look nice. It makes me feel more confident because I’m quite insecure in a lot of ways.”
She has a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe’s face on the underside of her left forearm. She also has a fear of heights.
Helen Flanagan lives with her football boyfriend Scott Sinclair, who plays for Manchester City.
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