'Coronation Street' actress Jennie McAlpine has revealed that she enjoys being "ordinary looking".

The star, who plays the character of Fiz Stape on the show, told the Sunday Mirror that it's important that female viewers have realistic role models.

She explained: "The show is set in an ordinary street in Manchester and I like being an ­ordinary looking person. I'm not perfect and I like that. I ­probably look like most of the young girls who watch Corrie and I think that's important."

McAlpine also recalled a time when her character's reception was not always as positive as it is now: "They'd say, 'You're horrible' or 'Leave Roy and Hayley alone'. Fiz was loud and boisterous and people thought she was rude. But I think after a while they could see that she was a bit of a troubled soul and had had a terrible upbringing."