Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn has been axed from the popular British soap after refusing to remove racy photos from her OnlyFans account.

The 40-year-old’s photos had prompted a warning from concerned bosses due to the show’s young demographic. The actress, who played one of Hollyoaks biggest characters Mandy Richardson, was faced with the threat of losing her six-figure salary.

After refusing to quit the adult site, bosses could not “reach a resolution” and subsequently fired Sarah.

In a lengthy Instagram caption, Sarah said she was “taking back control” having previously posed for lads mags in the earlier days of her career. “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.”

“I’ve done men’s mag upon men’s mag and calendar upon calendar, I’ve enjoyed every shoot but never felt like I had much say in them,” she added.

“I’ve been pitted against other girls and felt deflated if not chosen for a shoot or for a cover, I’ve been airbrushed, retouched and ‘enhanced’ without consent and without necessity and I’ve not always been given photo or copy (the wording of an interview) approval, leaving both my image and words distorted.

“The older I get the more cathartic it is to take back control, to put healthy boundaries in place and to know my worth and my value.”

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Sarah’s OnlyFans page offers a subscription for £11 a month and is complete with an Amazon wish list where people can buy her favourite items.

A spokesperson told indy100: “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.”

indy100 has reached out to Sarah Jayne Dunn for comment.

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