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I tried out pole dancing to get fit for my Ripper role - Rebecca

ACTRESS Rebecca Grimes was so terrified about appearing naked on BBC drama Ripper Street she started pole dancing to keep fit.

The Dubliner seems set for the big time after landing the role of prostitute Mary in the gritty thriller.

However, the 25-year-old says it wasn't the brutal murder scenes that she found a challenge, it was stripping off on set.

"I have to appear completely naked in the series," the Naul native told the Herald.

"It was really nerve wracking, I was terrified.

"I had been told about it before we started filming but I hadn't really focused on it. The closer we got to the shoot, the more the reality of it set in.

"I was completely naked, but the crew were great and everyone put me at ease."

Understandably, Rebecca was keen to get in shape for her role.

"I am never going to be a stick insect but I wanted to be the best version of myself. This is film so it's going to be immortalised forever. I want to look back in 40 years time and feel proud.

"So I did a lot of running. I also go to pole dancing classes to stay in shape. It's really good for building your upper body strength."

When she wasn't starkers on set, Rebecca said she loved wearing the period costumes.

"It was amazing going in and putting on those outfits. I felt like I was playing dress up," she said.

The drama, which stars Matthew Macfadyen and RAW actress Charlene McKenna, was filmed around Clancy Barracks in Dublin.

The series is set in the East End of London, where notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper is striking fear into the locals.

Having wrapped on Ripper Street, Rebecca then started working on the History Channels series The Vikings.

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