Helen Flanagan has announced that she wants to have a baby with footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair by Christmas.

The former Coronation Street actress said that the pair have talked about starting a family. She told The Mirror: "I've always been really broody.

"We're thinking Christmas time - we've talked about it and everything. We don't know what will happen with his football or my career, so we'll see how things go."

Despite recent relationship troubles, Flanagan revealed that she isn't too worried about marriage.

"We're very different people - he's one of the fastest footballers in the country and I can't even get up the stairs because I smoke so much," she said.

"In a relationship you have difficulties. Just because we're in the limelight, it doesn't make it any different."

The 22-year-old added: "Me and my boyfriend have quite a passionate relationship. My friends always laugh at us, but I think it's because we love each other so much."