Actress Ruxandra Porojnicu has revealed her Coronation Street character's Alina Pop's human trafficking story 'could have happened to her'.

The 25-year-old from Bucharest in Romania arrived in London with just £300 to her name when she was 21, in the hopes of following her dream of making it as an actress.

Ruxandra worked a number of jobs, including a stint at Pizza Express, as she looked to save enough money to afford her acting lessons and auditions, which she did in her spare time.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Ruxandra could see similarities between her journey and what is happening to her character Alina, in the ITV soap.

Ruxandra in Corrie with Harry Visinoni, who plays Seb Franklin
 

Ruxandra admitted to being "naive" when she arrived in the England and can see that she could've easily trusted the wrong people, especially when she was struggling to make ends meet.

Her character in Corrie doesn't realise that her employers are not looking after her best interests and doesn't realise that she was now in modern slavery.

Ruxandra feels that she was lucky with the choices she has made but knows other women have not been as lucky with their circumstances.

Alina's storyline will investigate slavery
 

The Weatherfield star said: "This is why it is such an important storyline because this really could've been me in Alina's situation.

"I was desperate to find work when I first arrived and looking back four years down the line, I had no idea how things worked in England."

Ruxandra said that it is important that Alina's scenes are "hard-hitting" and that she feels a "responsibility" that her situation is portrayed accurately.

Seb and Alina at the nail salon
 

It will be one of the more shocking storylines to hit the cobbles and will see Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) discover that salon worker Alina is being forced to live in squalid conditions.

This will see one of Corrie's favourite characters getting dragged into a gangster filled underworld, as he looks to expose them.

Alina's storyline could make for difficult watching
 

Ruxandra admitted: "When I'm at Corrie I'm like 'Am I even working?'. It's just so much fun and everyone has been so lovely."

A source on Corrie has said: "It’s a really gritty storyline but based on real issues thousands face in the UK every day.

"Coronation Street researchers have been working closely with the Salvation Army, which the government chose in 2011 to help those in need because of slavery.

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