Rebecca Atkinson dislocated shoulder during Shameless sex scene

Rebecca Atkinson

Rebecca Atkinson

Rebecca Atkinson once dislocated her shoulder while filming sex scenes with David Threlfall in 'Shameless'.

Rebecca Atkinson dislocated her shoulder filming sex scenes for 'Shameless'.

The 29-year-old actress returns to the Channel 4 comedy-drama as barmaid Karen McGuire for its 11th and final series tomorrow (26.02.13), and looking back to when it started in 2004, she is shocked by some of her early storylines.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: "I actually dislocated my shoulder doing those early sex scenes with Frank [Gallagher, played by David Threlfall] and ended up at the chiropractors having it fixed.

"It got Karen all kinds of attention and caused a lot of controversy at the time because she was so young and he was her mother's boyfriend.

"You don't realise the impact storylines like that had until you look at back at them.

"It was very shocking for a teenage girl to be having sex with such an older man and I suppose her behaviour for the next couple of years didn't get much better."

Hard-hitting storylines have been a big part of the show over the last nine years, and Rebecca says she thinks the programme has been so successful because of the way it has married comedy and drama together, and reflects real people's lives.

She added: "Of course 'Shameless' also made the storylines fun and you would laugh with the characters too. The drinking and the drug taking in the Jockey made it fun and watchable yet the series was still dealing with life on a council estate.

"As often as we saw the characters go through hard times, we also saw them partying and letting their hair down in the way that a real-life Chatsworth estate would do."

'Shameless' returns to Channel 4 tomorrow at 10pm.


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