Sarah Jayne Dunn blasts bosses for sacking her over OnlyFans saying they had no problem with Hollyoaks' calendars or FHM

HOLLYOAKS actress Sarah Jayne Dunn has hit back at soap bosses after being axed from the show over her controversial OnlyFans profile.

In her only interview since the news broke on Wednesday night, the actress told yesterday how “she took a stand” over her right to choose how to be pictured.



She told The Sun: “I’m disappointed it has come to this, after so many years. I’ve loved being on Hollyoaks and I will miss the amazing cast and crew very much. But I feel like I had to take a stand.

“For me this is about having the right as a woman of 40 years old to decide what is right for me.

“I love photoshoots and I’ve worked hard for my figure. I don’t make a secret of the fact that I get a big boost out of it, and I’m not apologetic for that.

“The pictures I’ve put on OnlyFans are no more explicit than the sort of things I’ve done in the past for magazines and even for Hollyoaks’ own official calendar.

“And I thought long and hard about the decision to join the site and had a number of conversations with my husband about it.

“But once I understood it, I realised it is not just adult content. There’s lots of other stuff on there, including food, health, fitness — and I decided to go for it.

“The idea that it’s just pornography is a total misconception, it’s not the case at all.”

Sarah first appeared as Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks — which produced its own sexy calendars throughout the Noughties — 25 years ago in 1996.

‘It isn’t explicit or tawdry’

A week after unveiling her profile on the adult site, she was hauled in by show executives who urged her to delete her profile, which costs around £11 per month to access.

On it, Sarah poses provocatively in her underwear and interacts directly with her fans.

She added: “There’s a huge misconception that people on TV shows earn huge amounts of money. It just isn’t the case.

“People talk about massive six-figure salaries but the reality is that if your character isn’t in a big storyline for a while you can end up struggling some months.


“I’ve definitely experienced that myself. There are periods I haven’t known how I was going to get through the next month.

“OnlyFans is another opportunity for me to earn but in an environment where I have total control, and that is refreshing.

“I know there are stories around about people earning millions, just as there are stories about people doing very explicit things, but the reality is probably somewhere in the middle for most.

“I can say for myself, it’s only a few weeks in but things have gone really well and it has been a helpful new income stream. 

“I know that might not continue at the same level, or it might, but I’m giving it a go, taking things steadily and I’ll find out in time what the future holds.

“But I’ve come this far, stood my ground and taken a stand for what I think is right. I’m proud of that and now I have to see where it takes me.”

Sarah, who married husband Jon Smith, a personal trainer, in 2018 and has a five-year-old son, Stanley, adds that many of the compliments she has received have come from other women who admire her physique and her determination.

She said: “When I’ve done photoshoots in the past, whether it’s for magazines or anything else, often the comments which I’m most buoyed by are from other women.

“They’ve said they love that I’m still confidently doing it after becoming a mum, and others have said they’ve started hitting the gym harder and things like that.

“It makes me feel good and has been a lovely way to connect with people. It isn’t explicit or tawdry.”

Sarah has enjoyed six separate stints on Hollyoaks, most recently reprising her role in 2017. She is one of the show’s biggest characters.

She first clashed with bosses when she announced her new venture on social media, claiming she was “taking back control” after previously posing for lads mags including FHM earlier in her career. Admitting some fans would “find it shocking,” she explained: “I’m simply moving my sexier, racier images to another platform.

“This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about, not one I’ve taken lightly or on a whim.

“It’s about taking back control, about empowerment and confidence, and having full power over my choices.”

But bosses said the site’s content is at odds with their principles as a brand and urged her to immediately remove herself from the website.

A TV source said: “Nobody at the show wishes to condemn people’s personal decisions about OnlyFans or online content, and of course women are totally free to make their own choices about the sort of photographs they wish to take of themselves, but this was about whether it is something that tallies with the show’s audience.”

A Hollyoaks spokeswoman said last night: “Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it.

“We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites.

“We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.

“In the past four years since her return to the show, her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go.”




‘I FELT ALL DEGRADED AND DIRTY’

MUM-OF-ONE Myaa-May Thompson, 27, from Leicester, was earning up to £3,000 a month on OnlyFans, but warns it is a slippery slope into porn. She says: 

'I STARTED selling pictures of my feet and legs in stockings on OnlyFans after my daughter was born in January 2020. 

It seemed like a perfect money-spinner with a new baby . 

By Christmas, nearly a year after I joined up, I was raking in £600 a week from dangling baubles from my toes, squashing Christmas pudding with my feet and showing my legs in stockings. 

But despite my best efforts to keep my fans entertained, some were going to new foot fetish girls which they called “fresh meat”. The money started to dry up and my loyal fans started offering tips of £200 if I showed them myself in sexy lingerie. 

Old fans returned and the cash started to roll in. But they started demanding more and more, and were offering me huge sums of money to strip off and do dirty things. 

As more celebrities had joined the site, bringing it into the mainstream, the popularity began to grow and so did my competition. 

The fear of losing fans made me make bad decisions. I started posing topless and doing full-frontal nudes.

Seeing people tip up to £300 a shot and knowing it was just me in my bedroom with my camera made me feel safe. But I was wrong. The fans became pushier and pushier, threatening to leave and go to a competitor if I didn’t do more lurid videos. 

They wanted me to use sex toys and perform sex acts on myself. 

After I did it I burst into tears in my room. I felt dirty, degraded and grim. I didn’t feel empowered, like all the celebs bang on about. 

I’d crossed a line and was terrified in case someone had sneakily recorded it and it would end up as revenge porn on Pornhub – I’d heard of that happening to other girls. 

I’d sold my soul and was at my lowest ebb. I needed the money but I didn’t want to do soft porn. 

I spoke to a friend who begged me to stop but I couldn’t. Instead, I decided to just sell pictures of my feet and push back when fans demanded more. 

Now, I’m making £300 a month just selling pictures of my feet and legs and I know my limits. I also work as an admin assistant to get by. 

It makes me angry when I hear celebrities bragging about making loads of money as it’s their star status which helps them do that. 

But for “normal” women it’s not as easy and we learn the hard way a lot quicker than they do.

There will come a point when the novelty of these celebs being on these sites starts to wane and they’ll find themselves going down the rabbit hole like I did. 

Sarah, if you’re reading this, I hope you realise the dangers of the site and don’t live to regret it when the money dries up.

Think ahead and write down on a piece of paper how far you will go and then stick to that. If you’re ever feeling tempted to do more, check the list and speak to friends before you do anything you might regret. 

You’re lucky to have an amazing acting career most of us can only dream of. Don’t throw it away for “easy” money as it’ll come at a big price. 

As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.'

Only Fans stars

ONLYFANS was founded by entrepreneur Tim Stokely – dubbed the king of homemade porn – in 2016.

The popularity of the site, which allows content providers to charge their fans through monthly subscriptions or pay-per-view, boomed during the Covid lockdowns. It now boasts two million content creators and 130million users.

While various forms of content can be uploaded, the site has become synonymous with pornography. In August, OnlyFans said it said it would ban sexually explicit content after banks refused payments. But the decision was reversed six days later.

BLAC CHYNA, 33

JOINED: 2020

ESTIMATED EARNINGS: £15 million a month

SHE SAYS: The US model, who shares a son with American rapper Tyga and a daughter with Rob Kardashian, has stayed schtum on the subject but her OnlyFans bio says: “Foot-Freek Mondays”.

CARDI B, 29 

JOINED: 2020

ESTIMATED EARNINGS: £6million a month

SHE SAYS: “We are gonna be talking about personal stuff. No, I am not going to be showing my t***ies or my p***y or my a**. None of that stuff. You know what I’m saying? Just straight-up, real-life content s**t.

MEGAN BARTON-HANSON, 27 

JOINED: 2018

ESTIMATED EARNINGS: £800k a month

SHE SAYS: “I’m so proud of my OnlyFans. I knew how much girls I used to work with in the sex industry were making on webcamming, so I thought, “Why not?”. I can’t believe how well I’ve done, I’m smashing it.”

KERRY KATONA, 41

JOINED: 2020

ESTIMATED EARNINGS: £1million a year 

SHE SAYS: “What p***es me off is when you get Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut moaning and groaning in sex scenes. Or Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts getting their kit off. They get paid millions, they get awards. It’s ‘art’, darling. But I get judged. I’m not showing anything more than going topless on holiday.”

LOTTIE MOSS, 23

JOINED: 2021

ESTIMATED EARNINGS: £840k a year 

SHE SAYS: “Everyone kind of says, ‘Celebrate your body, do what you want with your body, whatever you wanna do with your life, you do it’. But as soon as it’s OnlyFans and stuff like that, the industry is a bit iffy about it.”

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