Katherine Kelly hates Mr. Selfridge outfits

Katherine Kelly hates the 'Mr. Selfridge' outfits worn by her character Lady Mae Loxley and misses the wardrobe of her 'Coronation Street' alter-ego Becky McDonald

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Katherine Kelly hates her 'Mr. Selfridge' outfits.

The 33-year-old actress finds the tight corsets she wears in her role as socialite Lady Mae Loxley a "nightmare" and much preferred the comfortable wardrobe of her old 'Coronation Street' alter ego Becky McDonald, who she played from 2006 to 2012.

She said: "Honestly, I'd prefer to be bombing it around in a tracksuit like Becky.

"The corsets are a nightmare. The thought of having to be laced into one of those every day is just horrendous. You can't breathe, eat or even get out of your clothes without someone's help.

"I loved all the amazing hats though."

Despite the dresses being uncomfortable, Katherine enjoys her "racy" role on the show.

She added to Grazia magazine: "She's quite racy but then so is Harry Selfridge. She likes younger boys and he likes younger women."

The brunette beauty also sees comparisons between the titular department store founder, played by Jeremy Piven in the ITV drama, and 'X Factor' mogul Simon Cowell as they both created an "empire".

She said: "He was the Simon Cowell of his time and broke the boundaries. It's about a man who built his empire, so I'm not surprised Simon is a fan of the show."

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