Hollyoaks star Tamara Wall has revealed Grace Black’s long false nails help her get into character.

The soap villain – daughter of dead gangster Fraser Black – arrived in the Channel 4 soap last November and her enormous claw-like nails have become part of her signature look.

Tamara told Inside Soap magazine: “They’re acrylic, so they’re on all the time. It took a while to get used to them, but now I feel naked without them.

“I think it’s Grace’s trademark – she brightens up the black outfits with her nails. And they’re good for scratching eyes out.”

Since she arrived in Hollyoaks, Grace has been in plenty of cat-fights, but Tamara insisted fans aren’t intimidated by her in real life.

She said: “People always say I’m much nicer in real life, to which I reply, ‘I hope so!’

“I don’t think I’m scary at all. When I walk around Liverpool, there’s always someone who wants a picture. But the fans are so lovely. I’ve never had any abuse.”