Hollyoaks beauty Nikki Sanderson always looks immaculate – but she doesn’t mind getting roughed up for her gritty role as Maxine Minniver in the Channel 4 soap.

Former Coronation Street star Nikki told the Manchester Evening News that she was keen to make her role as domestic violence victimMaxine Minniver as realistic as possible – even if that meant ending up injured herself.

“I’ve been battered and bruised and I’ve had whiplash. After one scene I had such deep marks on my arms that compliance wouldn’t allow it to be broadcast because we have to be mindful that the show goes out at 6.30pm,” Nikki said.

Nikki reckons it’s thanks to the great relationship she has with co-star, former Holby City actor Jeremy Sheffield, who plays her abusive partner, Patrick Blake, that she was able to go the extra mile.

“Jeremy is a fantastic actor and I trust him implicitly. I’m the one telling him to hurt me to make the scenes vivid,” says Nikki.

Sounds painful!

Hollyoaks, Channel 4, Monday, July 14, 6.30pm.