14/08/2014 12:54 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum Get Shane Richie's Grinning Face Tattooed Across Her Back

Mum get Shane Richie's grinning face tattooed across her back

A mum-of-two has made her passion for EastEnders' Shane Richie permanent – by having the star's grinning face tattooed across her back.

It's the culmination of an obsession that started when Shane made his debut as loveable Alfie Moon in 2002.

Mandy Rourke said: "I thought he was really good looking and seemed like a lovely guy. "I think it's something to do with the character he plays."

Mandy, 46, has met her idol three times but says he thinks she is a 'bit of a nutter' because she even paid to have her entire car and wheelie bin covered in pictures of the 49-year-old actor.

Mandy, from Chorley, Lancs, says her obsession helped her get through a difficult divorce.

She said: "Focusing on him helped me to get over my heartache and concentrate on something other than what I was going through.

"It cheered me up and gave me a buzz."

And Mandy's new partner Andrew Barker, 41, doesn't seem fazed by his girlfriend's famous crush.

Mandy says her next purchase will be a giant picture of the telly star to be put in pride of place in the bedroom.