Helen Flanagan has posed for her first-ever topless photoshoot in Page 3 of The Sun.

The former Coronation Street actress bared her breasts in a steamy shower snap for the tabloid's controversial feature.

The racy image shows the 23-year-old star showering naked with only a hanging towel held against her body to cover her modesty.

Flanagan, who has now set her sights on posing nude for Playboy, previously claimed that she has "the best boobs...ever seen on anyone in the world. Ever."

"I suppose secretly, deep down, I do maybe crave attention," she said. "I'm grateful that I've got a voluptuous chest. It has a lot of power."

Meanwhile, a campaign by Change.org backing the No More Page 3 petition has been signed by more than 103,000 people since it was launch last year.

But despite support from stars including Lauren Laverne, Jennifer Saunders and Alastair Campbell, the paper's editor David Dinsmore recently announced that the controversial page is here to stay.

He vowed to continue printing pictures of half-naked women as it is a "good way of selling newspapers".