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Chelsee Healey "needed to" leave 'Waterloo Road' Janeece role

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Chelsee Healey has explained her reasoning for quitting Waterloo Road, admitting that she is hungry for a new challenge.

The actress, whose final episode airs next Thursday, told What's on TV that she will miss co-star and friend Mark Benton (Chalky) the most.

Chelsea Healey aka 'Janeece Bryant'

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Waterloo Road title card

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)



When asked about the timing of her decision, she said: "I felt I needed to. I've been there for six years and it was time to do different things.

"Of course I was sad to leave, I've grown up with Waterloo Road and have some great memories. It's been a big part of my life.

"I miss everyone, especially Mark Benton. We got on really well and became great friends."

However, the 24-year-old - who has previously had a year's break from the show - refused to rule out reappearing in the school drama by declaring she would "never say never" to a second comeback.

Chelsee Healey as Janeece Bryant in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)

Mark Benton as Daniel 'Chalky' Chalk in Waterloo Road

© BBC / Shed Productions (WR)



She added of her character: "A lot of fans want to know if I'm like Janeece in real life, and I'm not going to lie, we're quite similar! But we're not exactly the same.

"Although we have the same sense of humour, Janeece does things without thinking. Working on Waterloo Road was an amazing experience and something I'll never forget. I'm proud to have been in it."

Meanwhile, Healey also spoke of the effect that finishing as runner-up on last year's Strictly Come Dancing had on her life.

"Strictly changed a lot of things," she added. "A lot more people know who I am in a good way, which is lovely. The whole experience was magical, something I'll never forget."

Watch Chelsee Healey chat to Digital Spy about this year's Strictly below:

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