I'm A Celebrity 2012: Helen Flanagan wants to show viewers 'the real her'

Helen Flanagan

I'm A Celebrity 2012 star Helen Flanagan has opened up about the depression that forced out to leave Coronation street.

The 22-year-old made a name for herself as Rosie Webster on the ITV1 soap, which she starred in as a teenager until last year.

Speaking to Reveal magazine, Helen revealed: "I've suffered from depression. It was the main reason I had to leave Coronation Street. I was down and it was very intense. I don't think I was very well."

The actress, who started in the series at the age of nine, continued: "I wasn't happy there any more. I wanted to find my own identity and I didn't feel free - I couldn't be myself or do what I wanted to do.

"I really struggled. My head was in such a state that I wanted to run away, without thinking where I'd go or how I'd get there. I felt trapped. I wasn't just work. I felt overwhelmed in general."

Touching down in Australia, Helen revealed that the pressures of the show and a very public life had left her with a battered confidence.

"I struggled with very down days, especially back then," she explained. "That's when I started having the panic attacks. I found it so embarrassing and saw as a weakness. They totally crippled my confidence. I think I'm a little bit bipolar. I'm an emotional, intense person."

Helen added: "Growing up as an actress can be hard because people don't always distinguish between the character you play and the real Helen. I wanted to get some control, so I stopped eating. I didn't start getting periods until I was 16."

Will I'm A Celeb let Helen show us her real self?


Other stars said to be on this year's I'm A Celeb line up include former Made In Chelsea's Hugo Taylor, comic Brian Conley, darts champ Eric Bristow and actress Linda Robson.

Eastenders duo Ricky Groves and Charlie Brooks, Doctor Who actor Colin Baker and Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts have also all been linked to the series, with the full line up set to be officially revealed later this week.

[cat c="i'm a celebrity"]I'm A Celebrity 2012[/cat] starts in nine days on November 11.

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