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'Oaks actress did pole dance research

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Melissa Walton as Loretta Jones

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Melissa Walton has revealed that she prepared for her role in Hollyoaks by having a pole installed in her living room.

Walton's character Loretta Jones was working as a pole dancer when she was introduced in spinoff Hollyoaks Later, inspiring the actress to learn the skill for herself.

Speaking on Live From Studio Five, the soap star explained: "They didn't ask me to, but I did, definitely. I went and I had pole dancing classes. I had a pole put up in my living room."

She added: "I loved it. It's really good exercise. It's really good for toning."

Walton filmed her final Hollyoaks scenes earlier this week, leaving on the same day as co-stars Kevin Sacre (Jake Dean) and Gerard McCarthy (Kris Fisher).

A number of other cast members are due to depart the teen drama in the months ahead following the arrival of new producer Paul Marquess. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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