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Gemma Atkinson 'stops modelling to act'

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Gemma Atkinson 'stops modelling to act'

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Gemma Atkinson has decided to take a year out from modelling in order to focus on her acting career.

The former Hollyoaks star told The Sun that she had travelled to the US in order to boost her industry credentials.

Atkinson said: "I am not doing any shoots this year. I finished Hollyoaks, which was amazing, but I don't want to do soap again - I want the next step up.

"You can't just expect to have done a Channel 4 soap and become a movie star, so I have had to start all over again."

She added: "I made a decision to take a year out from the modelling. I wanted to audition and take acting classes - I want to start afresh.

"I have been coming down to London to meet with my acting coach and to have elocution lessons. Then I went to the States and worked over there.

"I think the lads' mags might have been a bit disappointed. I will still do my calendar, which is different, as it's my own styling, my own team."

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