Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson discusses Maxine's Munchausen's syndrome storyline

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Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson reveals viewers have sent her 'hate and abuse' over Maxine's Munchausen's syndrome storyline

By Connie Rusk For Mailonline

Published: 11:11 BST, 20 August 2019 | Updated: 11:15 BST, 20 August 2019

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Nikki Sanderson has spoken about how Maxine's Munchausen's syndrome storyline has struck an angry chord among Hollyoaks' viewers. 

The actress, 35, revealed she has been sent 'hate and negative' abuse over her character, who is battling the psychological disorder, as she appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday. 

Maxine fabricated the story to her new husband Damon Kinsella that she only has six months to live due to a tumour on her spine- sparking controversy from viewers. 

Mental health: Nikki Sanderson has spoken about how Maxine's Munchausen's syndrome storyline has struck an angry chord among Hollyoaks' viewers

Mental health: Nikki Sanderson has spoken about how Maxine's Munchausen's syndrome storyline has struck an angry chord among Hollyoaks' viewers

This week, Maxine will host her own funeral after faking the terminal cancer diagnosis, but things go disastrously wrong when her lies and deceit begins to unravel. 

Nikki told host Christine Lampard: 'It is hard because I'm quite a softy and I'm like "oh my God it's not real and I'm not really doing these things'" but it's good because obviously Hollyoaks - the way they've written this storyline - it's how it should [be] and no wonder there's been negativity. 

'So for me as an actress yes it's hard to read the negativity but obviously we're doing the job right.

In character: Maxine has fabricated the story to her new husband Damon Kinsella that she only has six months to live due to a tumour on her spine- sparking controversy from viewers

In character: Maxine has fabricated the story to her new husband Damon Kinsella that she only has six months to live due to a tumour on her spine- sparking controversy from viewers

Hard: The actress, 35, revealed she has been sent 'hate and negative' abuse over her character, who is battling the psychological disorder as she appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday

Hard: The actress, 35, revealed she has been sent 'hate and negative' abuse over her character, who is battling the psychological disorder as she appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday

'I understand why there's been a lot of negativity and a lot of hate towards this because if you didn't know she had Munchausen's or didn't know what it is, she is just this lying, deceitful, horrible person who is doing all these things to get attention and love from Damon and people

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