By Alanah Eriksen
Beach babe: Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan shows off her tanned and toned figure in a blue bikini as she holidays in Dubai
She's got a bit of extra time on her hands now that she's finished filming her last scenes for Coronation Street.
And Helen Flanagan epitomized a lady of leisure as she strutted around a beach in Dubai.
The 21-year-old showed off her fantastic curves in a blue string bikini, by Vix, giving an onlookers a treat.
Helen, who played Rosie Webster on the show, flaunted her ample cleavage and pert derriere in the skimpy Brazillian two-piece as she topped up her tan and had a go at paddle-boarding.
But never one to let her guard down, despite enjoying a sunny break, she kept on her massive gold hoop earrings as she splashed around in the sea, near her hotel, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa.
Standing out in the crowd: The 21-year-old lapped up the sun and attracted a few stares from some admiring onlookers
Can't go without my bling: Helen didn't bother taking her massive hoop earrings off as she took part in some paddle boarding
Her brunette locks were pulled back into a messy bun.
The look was in contrast to some of the comments Helen made last month, saying she was rather shy and reserved compared to Rosie.
She revealed that one of the reasons she did not enjoy playing the character was her catty nature.
Lady of leisure: The star quit the long-running soap to spend more time with her footballer boyfriend, Swansea's Scott Sinclair
Contrasting looks: Helen slips off a boat onto the shore as a man cutting a very different figure looks on
'When I'm acting, I like things to feel real, and I didn't like Rosie's bitchiness. I didn't enjoy playing that kind of character,' she told the Sunday Mirror.
'She went through a phase of being such a catty girl. As an actress you do the best job you can, but I didn't enjoy it because it didn't feel real.'
Helen, who filmed her last scenes for the soap in Manchester just before Christmas, has spent the past 12 years playing the once-shy little girl who has blossomed into a buxom young woman with her sights set on becoming a glamour model in London.
Outspoken: Helen revealed this month that one of the reasons she did not enjoy playing the character was her catty nature
In an interview last year Helen said that despite her differences with fame-hungry Rosie, she did have some good points.
'I can hide behind her. She's funny and sweet too. I didn't enjoy playing her when she went through a promiscuous phase. Luckily she shows more heart these days.
'But I'd give her some advice and tell her to calm down a bit,' she said. 'She is fiercely ambitious and worships power and money.'
Sunday, February 19, 2012
That's a far cry from the cobbles! Helen Flanagan shows off her fantastic beach body in blue string bikini in Dubai
By Alanah Eriksen