Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn has reflected on what’s next for her after she was ‘axed’ from the show over her appearance on OnlyFans.
The actress, who portrays Mandy Richardson, left the Channel 4 soap over a dispute with bosses relating to her OnlyFans account, an 18+ site where users can share content with fans behind a paywall.
She said on Good Morning Britain: ‘The idea was to launch OnlyFans and take back some power and control over my images, what I create, where I put them, and put them onto the platform.
‘I’ve been thinking long and hard about this for a good few months, lots of different options and OnlyFans, because it’s such a big established site and actually it’s ran really really well…
‘I was gonna run that alongside my job as well and that’s not a decision I made but this is where we are and I’m looking at the future and where I’m at and really enjoying being in control of everything and it’s really empowering.’
Sarah Jayne has been taking part in photo shoots for years and says they make her feel ‘confident’ and ’empowered’.
She added that she feels her being on OnlyFans would actually protect younger viewers, as racier images will only be accessible to 18+ fans and behind a paywall on the site.
A spokesperson for Hollyoaks told Metro.co.uk: ‘Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers, who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it.
‘We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites.
‘We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.
‘In the past four years since her return to the show her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go.’
Sarah, 40, received plenty of support from fans in the wake of the announcement, with outraged viewers recalling how Hollyoaks used to release sexy babes and hunk calendars which showed cast in their underwear.
The Mandy actress took to social media, thanking everyone for their kind words. ‘Thank you for your support’, she wrote on Instagram Stories.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Hollyoaks for further comment.
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