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Holly finds it hard to bare.


SHE plays a sexy ex-lapdancer who has caught the eye of bighearted Coronation Street cab boss Lloyd Mullaney - but Holly Quin-Ankrah says she could never do the job in real life.

Holly's character Cheryl Gray arrived in Weatherfield in April after Lloyd befriended her in a strip club.

Holly said: "I helped choose the outfit I wore, a leopardskin bikini top and matching little skirt with stockings and big boots.

"T h e o u t f i t looked really cool, but you just can't help but feel self-conscious. I know girls who do it and I would never judge them, but I couldn't do it myself.

"I would love to give pole dancing lessons a try though, because it really tones you up."

Cheryl first appeared on the cobbles after smitten Lloyd rescued her from her seedy job and her violent husband Chris.

Lloyd invited her to move into his flat with 10-year-old son Russ and found her a job working for Dev in the kebab shop.

Holly, 22, from Warrington, Cheshire, screen-tested for the role with Craig Charles, who plays Lloyd, in January.

"Cheryl was originally 30 but is now 29," said Holly. "My agent told me not to say how old I was. I wore tweed flares and a highnecked top so I looked older! It seems strange having a 10-yearold son on screen."

Holly has become good friends with Charles, 46, but was "terrified" when they filmed their first kiss.

"It was really scary," she said. "We were rubbish - we just didn't go for it enough!" Holly said before filming Cheryl's storyline she could never understand women sticking with men who hit them.

But she said: "This has made me realise it's not as simple at that," she said. "It's very hard to fall out of love. It's a very difficult situation for a woman and one I hope to never be in."


Smitten... Lloyd with Cheryl Strip off the old block... glam Corrie star Holly
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2010
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