HOLLYOAKS chiefs have axed one of their biggest stars after she joined adult website OnlyFans – saying her raunchy online content is at odds with the show’s young audience.
Glamorous Sarah Jayne Dunn has been stripping off online for several weeks, prompting a warning from bosses over her conduct because of the show’s young audience.
But after refusing to quit the site despite the threat of losing her six figure salaried job on the Channel 4 soap, she has left the show in a dispute with executives after first appearing on screens in 1996.
Bosses said they had been unable to "reach a resolution".
Sarah, 40, has enjoyed six separate stints on the teen-focussed soap as Mandy Richardson – one of the show’s biggest characters – most recently reprising her role in 2017.
But she clashed with bosses over her decision to join the controversial 18+ network, where she claimed she was “taking back control” after previously posing for lads mags earlier in her career.
Admitting some fans would “find it shocking,” she explained: “I'm simply moving my sexier, racier images to another platform.
“This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about, not one I’ve taken lightly or on a whim, it’s about taking back control, about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices.
"I love doing photo shoots, always have always will, it’s how I got into the acting industry, at the tender age of 12 I decided I wanted to be a model and enrolled on a modelling course, joined an agency and had my first professional shoot and I was hooked. I got my first TV audition and the rest is history.
"I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places for photoshoots since being 17, that being said I’ve never felt in control, of the content or of the finances.”
As of yesterday her profile on the site was still live – with access available for £11 per month – alongside an Amazon wish-list on the profile which allows fans to purchase gifts for her including kinky PVC costumes and lingerie including a “slutty schoolgirl” outfit.
But bosses disagreed with her claims over “empowerment” – telling her the site’s content is at-odds with their principles as a brand and urged her to immediately remove herself from the website.
A row broke out between the actress and executives at Lime Pictures, the soap’s production company, when she refused to back down.
A TV source said: “Nobody at the show wishes to condemn people’s personal decisions about OnlyFans or online content – and of course women are totally free to make their own choices about the sort of photographs they wish to take of themselves – but this was about whether it is something that tallies with the show’s audience.
“In the end, they have parted ways over it.”
In a statement last night, a Hollyoaks spokeswoman said: “Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers, who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it.
“We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites.
“We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.
“In the past four years since her return to the show her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go.”
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