Emmerdale star Chelsea Halfpenny has revealed that she was nothing like her screen alter ego Amy Wyatt when she was at school – and in fact would have told tales on her own character.

Amy has carved a reputation as a teen tearaway, who has caused trouble for her foster parents Val and Eric Pollard and is set to give them further headaches after discovering she is pregnant.

However Chelsea says her own behaviour at school could not have been further from Amy’s.

“I was a real goody-two-shoes,” she said. “I was in the choir and on the school council.

“I was a bit of a baby and a coward, so if anyone did something mischievous I would grass them up!”

Chelsea – who is the niece of Coronation Street and former EastEnders actress Jill Halfpenny, originally found fame in CBBC’s Byker Grove – the show which also turned Ant and Dec into stars.

She revealed that she recently organised a get-together for her co-stars in the later series of the show.

“I loved Byker and was so lucky to be in it,” Chelsea said. “We had a reunion recently in Newcastle, which I organised. We all went for a drink, because everyone is legal to drink now, but we were all 11 or 12 back then!”