Sarah Jayne Dunn says she was sacked from Hollyoaks after refusing to delete OnlyFans account
Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn has revealed she has been sacked from the soap after refusing to delete her OnlyFans account.
The 40 year old soap actress has been on and off the show for 25 years since first appearing in 1996 – rejoining the cast most recently in 2017.
Now, she has left the soap once again after refusing to delete her OnlyFans account, where she shares "racier" photos of herself, after a warning from bosses.
Sarah, who played Mandy Richardson on the soap, is said to have clashed with bosses after joining the adult subscription site, which she claimed she was doing to "take back control".
Actress Sarah explained: "I'm simply moving my sexier, racier images to another platform.
"This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about, not one I’ve taken lightly or on a whim, it’s about taking back control, about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices.
"I love doing photo shoots, always have always will, it’s how I got into the acting industry, at the tender age of 12 I decided I wanted to be a model and enrolled on a modelling course, joined an agency and had my first professional shoot and I was hooked. I got my first TV audition and the rest is history.
"I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places for photoshoots since being 17, that being said I’ve never felt in control, of the content or of the finances."
Meanwhile, it was claimed that bosses disagreed with her claims over "empowerment" and told Sarah the site's content conflicts with the principles of the show.
She was then reportedly urged to delete her profile from the website.
And after Hollyoaks was unable to "reach a resolution" with the actress, they decided to part ways.
A source told The Sun: "Nobody at the show wishes to condemn people’s personal decisions about OnlyFans or online content – and of course women are totally free to make their own choices about the sort of photographs they wish to take of themselves – but this was about whether it is something that tallies with the show’s audience. In the end, they have parted ways over it."
A spokesperson from Lime Pictures, which is the production company for Hollyoaks shared a statement with OK!, which read: "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."
OK! has contacted Channel 4 for comment.
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