Helen Pearson was caught three times over the legal alcohol limit when she was pulled over for drink driving on a busy motorway.

The 55-year-old actress who is most popular as Frankie Osborne on Hollyoaks pled guilty to the charges. She was also found to be driving without insurance.

Helen, who has also appeared on Emmerdale and EastEnders was given a 26-month ban from driving as well as having to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

Ms Pearson has also been fined €720 for the insurance offence, €122 for costs, €215 for court criminal charges and €86 as a victim surcharge.

This is the second incident of high drama for the show in two weeks as it was recently announced that Stephanie Davis was being fired from Hollyoaks. While the reason behind her departure is not totally clear, it has been reported that she was causing trouble on set for months before she was let go.

Although, Ms Davis tweeted saying, “I have no problems don’t believe everything you read. I’m staying quiet and rising above it. I know what’s true and what’s not. I’m all good xx.”