Laura Haddock says she felt vulnerable filming nude scenes for new Fox show Da Vinci’s Demons, but she was distracted by funny directions.

The star of The Inbetweeners Movie plays Lucrezia Donati in the new fantasy drama based on the life of the great artist and genius Leonardo Da Vinci (played by Monroe’s Tom Riley).

Laura said: “Of course it’s scary and you feel very vulnerable – as a human being, not as a character or an actor – as a human being you go, ‘Are we all right?’ And then you honour the script and you honour the characters and you honour the story.”

She added: “It’s never comfortable. You can talk it to death and then you get to the day and you go ‘Oh my God, tell me a funny story! I don’t want to look at you!'”

The stars also revealed creator and director of the show David S Goyer – writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy – would shout directions during the sex scenes, that distracted them from any awkwardness.

Laura revealed: “He’d scream ‘Flip her over!’ and ‘Just do it!’ and then fly in with some horrendous story to make us feel comfortable and you’d go, ‘OK, this is just fun.'”

The drama, which also stars Lara Pulver and Blake Ritson, sees Leonardo caught up in the feuding families of 15th-century Florence.

Da Vinci’s Demons premieres on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10pm on Fox.