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Corrie star Melissa Johns says role as one-armed lesbian made her ‘proud’ of her disability

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Coronation Street star Melissa Johns has opened up about how her role on the soap as a one-armed lesbian helped her take pride in her disability.

Born with one functioning arm, Johns always used to go to extreme lengths to hide.

Now, the 27-year-old is learning to be proud of herself through her character, Imogen.

The relatively new addition to the cast is brimming with confidence.

“I love that I play a blonde, I have one arm, I’m feisty as hell and I am gay,” Johns explained.

Since starting on the show she has had to overcome obstacles.

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She said: “I’m so lucky that Imogen is a great character and has a real attitude.

“But it was nerve-racking being on set for the first time and I wasn’t sure if my one arm was in shot.”

For a long time Johns wore a prosthetic limb and in school, she was badly bullied.

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“I wore a prosthetic arm and some boys threw stones at me,” she explained. “But we can all get bullied.

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