Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair live separately

Helen Flanagan hasn't been living with her boyfriend Scott Sinclair in the week since she's returned to 'Coronation Street'

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Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan

Helen Flanagan and her boyfriend Scott Sinclair have been living apart.

The 26-year-old actress has just returned to 'Coronation Street' following five years away from the public eye, but the gruelling work schedule has meant that she's been forced to move back to her parents' home in Manchester, where the soap is filmed, with her 15-month-old daughter Matilda while her footballer partner resides in Glasgow.

Speaking on 'Loose Women' on Wednesday (01.02.17), she said: "Me and Matilda live with mum and dad during the week and at weekends we're in Glasgow with Scott.

"It's lovely to have a break from each other. It's not easy but I really wanted to go back to work. I've always been supportive of his career and he's supportive of mine."

And the brunette beauty feels "so lucky" to have her mother Julia by her side because she's been helping to care for little Matilda while Helen has been off filming again.

She explained: "I think it was just quite strange really. It's hard for any kind of working mum going back to any job really.

"I was a little bit nervous about it but I'm so lucky because my mum is amazing and she's done everything for me. All my childcare. Sometimes I'll leave at 6 o'clock in the morning and won't get back until 8pm so she's just been amazing for me."

Helen will return to screens next week as bolshie mega bitch Rosie Webster and will feature on the cobbles for at least another three months.

She said: "I have enjoyed it so much. It's been so much fun. I feel so lucky to be able to go into work and actually see your friends ...

"I didn't ask for Rosie to be a nicer character but they just wrote her in that way. I love playing the comedy but I didn't like it when I had to play her as catty. I've got a three-month contract. I'm not sure if it's being extended but I'm really enjoying it."

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