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Helen Flanagan hits back at Corrie criticism

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
9 February 2017
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Helen Flanagan has hit back after several viewers took to social media to criticise her performance on Coronation Street. The 26-year-old returned to her role as Rosie Webster after a five-year break from the show on Monday, and in a move which seemed to address the negative comments she shared a quote with her 484 thousand Instagram follower which read: "No matter how rich, cool, educated, or talented you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything."

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Her dedicated fans were quick to send messages of support, with one writing: "I don't get why people don't realise that literally is just how Rosie is. Just ignore it all!" Another added: "Love seeing you back on Corrie babe, ignore the haters." Helen's onscreen sister, actress Brooke Vincent, commented on the post in support, writing "love my girl". She then tweeted a sign which read: "Don't let anyone EVER dull your sparkle," accompanied by a love heart and an emoji of two women. Helen retweeted the post along with several other messages of support. "I am so pleased @helenflanagan1 is staying on the cobbles," one retweet read. "She is absolutely hilarious as Rosie,and one of the nicest people I have ever met."

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Corrie bosses were clearly delighted by Helen's performance as series producer Kate Oates announced plans to make her character "permanent." In a statement, she wrote: "We are thrilled to have Helen back and delighted that she is now going to become a more permanent fixture in Weatherfield. Rosie is a classic Coronation Street comedy character and we are looking forward to seeing more of her antics in the future." Helen said: "I am having so much fun being back here playing Rosie again. The writing is hilarious and I am delighted to be staying around. I can't wait to see what Rosie is going to get up to."

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