Joanna Vanderham has confessed her refusal to appear nude in a Stephen Poliakoff drama was more to do with embarrassment than standing up for women's rights.
The 22-year-old Scottish drama played a socialite who has a relationship with a music journalist in Dancing On The Edge, the drama about a jazz band in London in the 1930s.
The script for the BBC2 drama, written and directed by Poliakoff and broadcast earlier this year, required the actress to be nude while her character had sex on a train.
Joanna, who also stars in The Paradise, a BBC1 drama set in the 1870s in England's first department store, said: "It's sort of been turned into a story of me standing up and being quite forthright when actually it came more out of embarrassment than anything else.
"It was more a case of 'I really don't want to do that' than 'women should not be asked to do this'.'"
The actress, who ended up wearing a black camisole in the scene in Dancing On The Edge, told the Radio Times: "That scene was written 20 minutes into the first episode, you barely knew my character.
"I would have had to spend the rest of the series trying to convince the viewers that I wasn't just the naked one."