Helen Flanagan is having acting lessons

Helen Flanagan has hired an acting coach to help her ahead of her return to 'Coronation Street'

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Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan has been having acting lessons.

The 26-year-old actress has just reprised her role as bitchy Rosie Webster in 'Coronation Street' - in scenes that are yet to air - but, despite having over 16 years of screen experience under her belt, the brunette beauty recently hired an acting coach to help her get back into the swing of things following her five-year break away from set.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Helen was hesitant about returning to 'Corrie' after a five-year break. But she wanted to give it her best shot so she's had ­acting lessons as a way of building her confidence and preparing herself. One of the reasons she quit in 2012 was because she was ­suffering from panic attacks. She took up acting lessons then, to keep her acting up during her break, and has recently stepped them up ahead of the 'Corrie' return. It has helped to ­settle her nerves."

Helen - who joined the soap when she was 10 years old - left the cobbles because she wanted to focus on her health following a series of panic attacks on set but she has since had a daughter called Matilda, now 17 months, with her partner Scott Sinclair.

She was initially undecided about whether she wanted to return to the programme because she didn't want to leave her daughter - who she co-sleeps with - too early.

But it seems the new show boss Kate Oates managed to get her own way as she coaxed Helen back with a gripping storyline, which will see her bolshie alter ego return to her family home with her sister Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) as a drugs mule.

She said recently: "I'm so excited to be returning to 'Coronation Street' and being part of the Webster family again."

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