The actress isn't shy about stripping off

Natalie Gumede is happy to get up close and personal with hot Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev.

The former Coronation Street star doesn’t worry about getting intimate with professional dancer Artem, 31, as she’s used to it in her acting career.

You just have to get your bodies clamped together and go for it,’ says Natalie, 29.

It’s not awkward because that’s what you’ve signed up for and being an actor helps.

I don’t really have many inhibitions because on so many jobs you have to become intimate quite quickly. I’ve no real issue with that.’

Natalie – who shot to fame as abusive Kirsty Soames in Corrie – is also comfortable with flashing the flesh in Strictly’s revealing outfits.

This is a far sexier role to play than Kirsty,’ the actress tells The Sun.

I’ve got to the point where I’ve accepted that I’m going to be naked a lot of the time.

It is weird because I’m normally quite grungy – I like jeans, T-shirts and spiky things. I like the transformation but it was still a bit of a shock!’

SEE PICTURES Natalie Gumede at launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 series

SEE PICTURES Natalie Gumede and Strictly Come Dancing contestants 2013

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