Gemma Atkinson was 'nervous' about kissing Michael Parr

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Gemma Atkinson was 'nervous' about kissing Michael Parr

Gemma Atkinson was "nervous" about kissing her 'Emmerdale' co-star Michael Parr.

The former 'Hollyoaks' actress recently joined the ITV soap as Bob Hope's long-lost daughter Carly and has been locking lips with Michael's character, bad boy Ross Barton.

She said: "I've not done kissing scenes for a while so I was nervous. People think these things are romantic but they aren't.

"Luckily Mike was very professional. He's good fun to work with."

The 30-year-old star is dating her personal trainer Olly Foster in real life and claims he has no qualms about seeing her make out with the soap hunk on-screen.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: "I'm a different person now. Since turning 30 I feel more in touch with what I want and what I will and won't accept.

"I love being in 'Emmerdale' and being home in less than 45 minutes.

"There's a power in saying, 'No', and nights out on the town are no longer a priority.

"Olly is very chilled and mellow. He thinks me being on telly is quite funny but he's not bothered by the celeb thing."

The blonde beauty - who previously dated footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Bent - also insisted she's not disappointed the Sexiest Male and Female accolades have been scrapped from this year's British Soap Awards.

Gemma added: "Soap's Sexiest Female Award will now forever be Michelle Keegan's crown.

"I think it's a good the category has been axed in a way, as it means we can concentrate on the acting.

"Ten years ago I would have done anything to win it. Now I couldn't care less."