Helen plans to have children with Scott Sinclair

Helen Flanagan revealed recently that she’s planning to have a baby within the next year.

The former Coronation Street star is keen to start a family with Manchester City footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair, who she’s been dating for four years, and hopes to be pregnant by Christmas Day.

‘I’ve always been really broody,’ says Helen, 22.

‘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.’

Even though Helen is excited by the prospect of having a baby she’s less enthusiastic about giving up smoking, something she knows she’d have to do if she got pregnant.

‘Quitting smoking is not really working for me,’ the actress tells the Daily Mirror.

‘I do like smoking. Obviously, if I have children – or, even if I was going to try for a baby – I will quit. I’m gonna try to really give up by the time I’m 23.’

Still extremely stressed after armed men broke into their Cheshire home last week, Helen has reportedly been assured by Scott, 24, that flirty messages sent to celebrity interviewer Donatella Panayiotou on his phone were written by a friend.

The couple are now planning a make-or-break trip abroad to talk through their future, pals tell The Sun.

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