Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter has revealed she found her first screen kiss with James Atherton “embarrassing”.

The 24-year-old actress, who is dating her co-star (who plays Will Savage) in real life, admitted she was left red-faced after their first liplock on camera.

“It was in front of a crowd of people when we were doing a club night. It was so embarrassing,” said the Dancing On Ice runner-up on This Morning. “There were about 100 extras, and they all had to stand still and watch us. We had only been kissing off screen about a week.”

Jorgie – who is up for Sexiest Female at the British Soap Awards for her portrayal of Theresa McQueen in the Channel 4 soap – admitted she tries to rein in her emotions on set.

“I get really nervous. I go into the green room and I just say, ‘Hi James’,” she added.

James joked: “She doesn’t even speak to me at work. She shakes my hand!”

Meanwhile, Jessica Fox said that the positive response to her character’s recent miscarriage storyline was “overwhelming”.

Jessica’s alter-ego Nancy Osborne and husband Darren (played by Ashley Taylor Dawson) suffered the sad loss of their unborn child last month, throwing their marriage into turmoil.

“The response we’ve had via Twitter and people stopping me on the street saying, ‘You’ve told my story’. It’s been overwhelming,” she said.

The British Soap Awards take place in London on Saturday April 28.