EMMERDALE star Samantha Giles has revealed she used to pose nude for £5 an hour when she was “desperate” for money.
The 49-year-old actress – best known for playing Bernice Blacktock on the ITV soap – was left “devastated” by a nasty comment one day, but it only spurred her on to be as successful as she is today.
Speaking to The Mirror, she recalled: “I was really desperate for money. I’m not ashamed of it, I wasn’t doing anything terrible. It paid £5 an hour, which is nothing, but I’d get £15 for an evening, which seemed quite good.
"I was only 23, but I’ve never liked my body, so the only way I found I could do it was by not looking down at myself when I dropped the sarong. I never looked at their work either.”
One day she had to pose for a group of elderly artists in a “particularly uncomfortable” position with her bottom sticking out.
“This man came up during the break and asked what I did. I said I was an actress and he said: ‘I don’t think you’re going to make it. You might get the odd job, but you’ll never be a household name’,” she shared.
“I remember feeling so devastated that I never said anything back. But in a way when people are that nasty it can make you even stronger and I never thought about giving up.”
Samantha is currently gearing up to return to Emmerdale after a two year break.
During her time off she has written children’s books and the self-proclaimed witch has been selling spells online.
The star has a dedicated website where she flog remedies for everything from exam stress to baby blessings with prices ranging from £8 to £15.99.
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