Earlier I repeated something I've mentioned before, that Kaya Scodelario won't be naked in Love Life because her character is under age. I thought it was for legal reasons but I realized while watching The Fades tonight where 17 year old Paul, played by 24 year old Iain De Caestecker, shows his arse, it can't be.
The indecency laws were changed in 2003 and don't allow nude images of people who are younger than 18. I've seen discussions which say this is for characters as well as actors but this has to be wrong. At the end of Shameless series 6, Debbie Gallagher had a sex scene. Rebecca Ryan was 17 when they filmed it, the character was 16. Even though the actress was older than the character, they were allowed to show the character topless but had to use a body double because Ryan was under 18. British TV has no problem with showing the arses of male characters who are under 18. I've mentioned The Fades and Skins does the same, the characters are under 18 but the actors are older and they've no problem showing their arses.
The law changed to ban under 18 nudity in 2003 and since then, apart from Debbie Gallagher, I can't think of any female character where the character is under 18 but the actress is older and is shown naked. Any takers?