Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe says she isn’t enjoying her character Mercedes being pregnant because she hates having to wear her bump.

The 27-year-old actress is all loved up with French boyfriend Sylvain Longjambon, who she began dating in November, but while her on-screen alter ego Mercedes Fisher is expecting her first child, Jennifer insisted she is not feeling broody yet.

“I do want kids one day, I absolutely love them, but playing a pregnant character doesn’t make me broody. It just makes me sweaty having that bump on!” she told Reveal.

“It’s very weird. I’ve got to wear this big ball around my tummy, and it’s so hot and rubbery that it sticks to your skin.

“People catch me rubbing my tummy, but I’m not broody at all – it’s just because it’s so uncomfortable.”

Jennifer, who has been in Hollyoaks for five years, began as a child actor, but work dried up when she was 17 and she got a job in a gym, only to miss acting so much she was determined to return to her old career.

She auditioned eight times before finally being cast as Mercedes.

She said: “It was a nine to five job selling memberships and I just realised it wasn’t doing anything for me. So I got an agent and decided to get back into acting. It was very difficult starting at 21 because I’d been out of the business for a while.

“Eventually I was put forward for Hollyoaks, but I had to go back eight times before they offered me the role. I’m proud I dug myself out of somewhere I wasn’t happy.”