Hollyoaks actress Scarlett Bowman has revealed that she has received great feedback from viewers in response to her character's bullying storyline.
The 26-year-old, who plays teen bully Maddie Morrison in the hit TV soap, said that viewers have been in contact about the plot.
Speaking to MSN, she said: "I've received tweets from people watching it saying it's bringing back memories of things that happened at school.
"I don't think some people realise this stuff does go on. Hopefully not to the extent that we've been playing on screen, because it's going to get a lot worse.
"It's such a meaty, interesting and exciting role to play but [Maddie] is one nasty piece of work, I have to say."
Bowman also explained that she had not been bullied, but she can still relate to the plot saying: "I did have one horrible experience, I think everyone does. I remember starting a new school halfway through my education and I absolutely hated it for the first two years."
She added: "I think girls are nasty, they can be really bitchy. I don't think guys have that bitchy streak in them so much. Girls are more manipulative - it's an evil world."
The Hollyoaks crash drama begins to unfold on Monday at 6.30pm on Channel 4.