Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson hurt in abuse scenes

Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson admits she's allowed herself to be injured in her character Maxine Minniver's abuse scenes because she wants to make the storyline believable

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Nikki Sanderson

Nikki Sanderson

Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson has been injured while filming her character Maxine Minniver's domestic abuse scenes.

The 30-year-old actress is currently involved in one of the soap's darkest storylines as her alter-ego remains in an abusive relationship with Patrick Blake (Jeremy Sheffield).

However, the brunette beauty admits she's determined to make her character's issues believable, so has allowed her co-star Jeremy to hurt her during filming.

She explained: "It's been great to work with Jeremy. We get on so eel in real life - I trust him completely and it's the same in return, so that means we can push the boundaries.

"I've been hurt a few times doing this storyline and filming these scenes because we want to make it as realistic as possible and for the audience to see the reality of the situation. It's been such a journey and I've learned so much from it. As an actress, you're always learning your craft and new skills - and in this storyline I've definitely learned a lot."

Meanwhile, Nikki is currently in the running for the Best Actress prize and the British Soap Awards next month, but she admits she's not bothered if she doesn't make the shortlist as she is up against some good actresses.

She explained to Digital Spy: "It feels fantastic and i'm so grateful to 'Hollyoaks' and Lime Pictures for all they've done for me over the time I've been here. This is the first award I've ever been nominated for over my whole career, so it means a hell of a lot to me.

"It's a very difficult category and I know it'll be difficult to get through to the shortlist, but to just be nominated has been amazing - especially because we've worked so hard on the Maxine and Patrick storyline over the past year."

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