Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine called ‘fat’ by trolls after giving birth

Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine has opened up about the trolling she received online over her weight just days after she'd given birth to her second child.

The soap star, who plays Fiz Brown in the ITV soap, welcomed daughter Hilda in 2018 and has a son, Albert, five, with husband Chris Farr.

Jennie, 36, has revealed that she was targeted by vile trolls just days after giving birth to her daughter.

Speaking about her experience of trolling to OK! magazine, Jennie said: "I had things like, 'you’re fat' and 'you can’t act'. When I returned from maternity leave, people wrote, 'Why has she come back?'

"It’s really not nice. Some of the comments you get on the online newspaper articles are horrid.

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"Reading those is a road to somewhere you don’t want to be, so I stay away from them.

"It’s really easy to say 'ignore it', but there are times in our lives when we’ve lost people or we’ve just become mums and we’re more vulnerable.

"I go on social media but I don’t think I love it and I hope it becomes extinct by the time my children have grown up."

Soap star Jennie also opened up about how she found the strength to return to work the day after her father passed away.

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Mental health campaigner Tom McAlpine passed away suddenly in March 2017 leaving Jennie and her family devastated, but she returned to film scenes because she knew he would have wanted her to.

She added: "The producers were great, checking if I wanted to go ahead. It was two scenes in the Rovers.

"I’d cried the day before so to spend the morning laughing at work was quite cathartic.

"Also there was a new actor coming in and I didn’t want him to be messed around."

Jennie joined the soap as underwear-factory worker Fiz in 2001.

Since joining the show, Jennie has appeared on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Out Of Here.

Coronation Street continues on ITV tonight at 7.30pm

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