Michelle Keegan has admitted she regrets posing for men's magazines at the start of her acting career.
The Our Girl star found fame as Coronation Street's Tina McIntyre in 2008 and was named FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World in 2015 after taking part in a series of sizzling photoshoots for lads mags.
Keegan, 33, told Cosmopolitan UK: "It wasn't something that I necessarily really wanted to do. I remember feeling very shy because I was really young. But I thought it came as part of being on TV.
"Now that I'm older, I realise that it is OK to say no to something that you don't feel 100% happy with. You don't have to do it because you think you have to do it."
She added: "But I will say, this is no reflection on Coronation Street. I had a brilliant network and team and the PR team were fabulous and really looked after me and it was a different time back then. Everyone did it at that time."
Keegan won the Sexiest Female gong at the British Soap Awards for six years in a row during her time in the ITV soap, before her character was killed off in 2014. The Sexiest Female and Sexiest Male categories were axed in 2015.
Cast members from Coronation Street (from left to right) Tom Hudson, Michelle Keegan, Jane Danson, Kym Ryder and Vicky Binns arrive at the TRIC Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2009 British Soap Awards at the BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London.
Michelle Keegan arrives at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in central London.
Michelle Keegan and Antony Cotton arrive for the British Soap Awards 2008 at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12.
Michelle Keegan with the award for best soap newcomer, at the TV Quick and TV Choice awards 2008, at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.
Michelle Keegan at the National Television Awards 2008, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the TRIC Awards 2009, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the Royal Television Society Awards 2009, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the Inside Soap Awards 2009 Nominations Launch Party at Great John Street Hotel, Manchester.
Michelle Keegan at the 2009 Inside Soap Awards at Sketch, Conduit Street, London.
Michelle Keegan arriving for the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
The cast of Coronation Street celebrate Craig Gazey winning the best newcomer award during the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
Coronation Street actresses Michelle Keegan (right) and Helen Flanagan (left), pose with ex cast mate Lucy Jo-Hudson for the launch of the Rugby League Co-operative Championships.
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2010 British Soap Awards at the ITV Studios, South Bank, London.
Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan arrives for the premiere of Blue Moon Rising at the Printworks in Manchester.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the National Television Awards 2010, the O2 Arena, North Greenwich, London.
Brooke Vincent, Sacha Parkinson and Michelle Keegan of Coronation Street backstage at T4 on The Beach in Weston-super-Mare.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the Inside Soap Awards 2011, Gilgamesh Restaurant, Camden, London.
Cast and crew of Coronation Street collect the Serial Drama award on stage during the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2, Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards Launch Party in association with boohoo.com at Rosso Restaurant, Manchester.
Michelle Keegan at The Look Show, the Royal Courts of Justice, London.
Coronation Street stars Brooke Vincent, Sue Johnston and Michelle Keegan in the stands
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards at The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the 2014 TV Choice Awards, The Park Lane Hilton, London.
Michelle Keegan attending the British Heart Foundation's Roll Out The Red Ball fundraiser at The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London.
(left to right) Millie Mackintosh, Ella Eyre and Michelle Keegan attending the Julien Macdonald Autumn/Winter 2015 London Fashion Week show, at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 21, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Michelle Keegan arriving at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal, London
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Michelle Keegan attending the 2015 TV Choice Awards at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 7, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ TVChoice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Michelle Keegan attends a screening of Our Girl at the Mayfair Hotel in London, to launch the new series that will transmit on BBC One in the autumn.
Michelle Keegan arriving at the BBC Series Launch of Our Girl, the May Fair Hotel, London. Picture Date: Thursday 1st September 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Michelle Keegan attending the BRIT Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, in London. Picture date Tuesday February 22, 2017. Picture credit should read Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment. Editorial Use Only - No Merchandise.
Michelle Keegan at the launch of her latest collection for Very held at One Marylebone, London.
Michelle Keegan at the BBC series launch for Our Girl, Soho Hotel, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Michelle Keegan attends the 40th Brit Awards Red Carpet arrivals at The O2 Arena in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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The actress – who married The Only Way Is Essex star turned TV presenter Mark Wright, 33, in 2015 – also admitted she resents being asked if she is planning to start a family.
Keegan said: "A few years ago it didn't bother me and I answered the question, but now I think, 'I don't need to answer that because nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.'
"I remember when I finished Our Girl people were like, 'Is it because you're going off to have a baby?'
"I know for a fact if Mark finished a job, nobody would ask him if he was going to have a baby. It's not fair. It does make me feel frustrated."
The fourth series of BBC military drama Our Girl aired earlier this year and Keegan has been taking the time in lockdown to write her own TV scripts.
She said: "I've had meetings with production companies on Zoom. Hopefully it's something we can get off the ground. It's exciting."
The full interview is available in the August issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale from 2 July, 2020.