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Michelle Elizabeth Keegan (born 3 June 1987)[2] is an English actress, known for her roles as Tina McIntyre in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and Corporal Georgie Lane in the BBC drama series Our Girl. Keegan also starred as Tracy in Ordinary Lies and as Tina Moore in Tina and Bobby.

Michelle Keegan
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Born
Michelle Elizabeth Keegan[1]

(1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 32)
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)
Mark Wright (m. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Keegan was born in Stockport to Michael Keegan and Jackie Turner. Her maternal great-grandmother was a Gibraltarian who married a British soldier stationed in Gibraltar, and she also has distant Italian ancestry from her 7 times great-grandfather who emigrated to Gibraltar from Genoa.[3][4][5][6] She attended St Patrick's RC High School in Eccles near Manchester,[7] and later the Manchester School of Acting.[8] She worked at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, and as a check-in agent at Manchester Airport.[9]

CareerEdit

In late 2007, in only her second audition, Keegan was offered the part of Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, and accepted the role, beating around 900 other people who auditioned.[9] She decided to leave the show after six years in 2013 and Tina was killed off, making her last appearance on 2 June 2014.[10][11][12] Throughout her time on the show, Keegan's character Tina featured in many high-profile storylines. The Guardian listed her as one of the 10 best Coronation Street characters of all time in 2010.[13] In 2008, the actress flew out to South Africa to film the straight-to-DVD film Coronation Street: Out of Africa, a Coronation Street spinoff, in which she appeared as Tina.

In June 2009, Keegan made her radio debut co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 programme The Official Chart.[9] She was featured on the cover of FHM magazine in January 2011 and placed at number 30 and number 26 in their 100 Sexiest Women poll for 2010 and 2011, respectively. She appeared on their cover again in March 2013 and was placed at number four in the 2013 poll, eventually winning in 2015.[14]

Keegan made a guest appearance as herself in the 2009 Easter special, Red Dwarf: Back to Earth. In June 2014, she embarked on a European tour to perform as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.[15][better source needed]

In 2015, she was cast as Tracy in the BBC television drama series Ordinary Lies. In June 2015, it was announced that she would play the starring role of Corporal Georgie Lane in series 2 of the BBC drama series Our Girl, which aired throughout September 2016;[16][17] third season consisting of 12 episodes began airing in October 2017. Also in 2016, Keegan landed a guest role on the ITV2 comedy series Plebs.[18][19] In June 2016, she began filming the ITV drama series Tina and Bobby, based on Tina Dean's and Bobby Moore's relationship in which she played Tina; it was a three part series which aired in January 2017.[20]

Keegan currently portrays the main role of Erin in Sky One's 2019 British comedy sitcom Brassic.[21][22]

Personal lifeEdit

Keegan was in a relationship with The Wanted singer Max George from December 2010. The couple became engaged in June 2011, but ended their relationship the following year.[23][24] In September 2013, after a nine-month courtship, the actress announced her engagement to Mark Wright. They married on 24 May 2015.[25][26]

FilmographyEdit

Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008–2014 Coronation Street Tina McIntyre Regular role; 861 episodes
2008 Coronation Street: Out of Africa Tina McIntyre Direct-to-video film; cameo
2009 Red Dwarf: Back to Earth Herself Part 3
2013 Lemon La Vida Loca Herself Episode: "Keith's Birthday"
2015 Ordinary Lies Tracy Main role
2016 Drunk History Queen Elizabeth I Episode 2.1
2016–present Our Girl Lance Corporal Georgie Lane Lead role (series 2–present)
2016 Plebs Ursula Episode: "The Vestal"
2016 The Crystal Maze Herself; contestant Celebrity Stand Up to Cancer Special 2016
2017 Tina and Bobby Tina Moore Lead role
2017 Drunk History Mary, Queen of Scots Episode 2.3
2017 The Keith & Paddy Picture Show Princess Leia Episode: "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi"
2018 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself 1 episode
2018 Strangeways Here We Come Demi Film
2019 Brassic Erin Main role

StageEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 Peter Pan Tinkerbell European tour

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ Draper, James; Lloyd, Peter (7 September 2016). "Who is Michelle Keegan? Our Girl's new star from Coronation Street to a very high profile marriage". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ Who Do You Think You Are?. Michelle Keegan, Season 15, Episode 1. BBC, 6 June 2018
  4. ^ "Michelle Keegan: 'I'm from a long line of strong women!'". What' s on TV. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan: I can stand on my head for 5 minutes". Now. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Michelle Keegan - Who Do You Think You Are? Uncovering some exceptional women..." The Genealogist. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  7. ^ Ryan, Kathryn (5 March 2009). "Michelle modest over TV's sexiest soap star mantle". Salford Advertiser. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  8. ^ Cox, Emma (1 March 2008). "Michelle: I'd go nude for scene". The Sun. London.
  9. ^ a b c "Michelle Keegan plays Tina McIntyre". TVNZ. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  10. ^ Curtis, Beth (20 April 2013). "Michelle Keegan confirms 'Coronation Street' exit". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  11. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (18 May 2014). "Coronation Street confirms Tina McIntyre murder suspects". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Michelle Keegan Departure". itv.com. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  13. ^ Clapp, Susannah (21 November 2010). "The 10 best Coronation Street characters". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Michelle Keegan – Soap Fox". FHM. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  15. ^ "Mark Wright distances himself from Michelle Keegan's career". OK!. 26 June 2014.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Bea (20 June 2015). "Michelle Keegan replacing Lacey Turner as lead in BBC One's Our Girl". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  17. ^ McGrath, Rachel (21 June 2015). "Michelle Keegan Lands 'Our Girl' Drama Role, Taking Over From Lacey Turner". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  18. ^ Bagwell, Matt (13 October 2015). "Michelle Keegan Lands Comedy Role In ITV2 Show 'Plebs'". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  19. ^ Walker, Danny (10 March 2016). "Michelle Keegan to play 'a brazen virgin' in next TV role as Plebs announce return of series 3". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  20. ^ Kadrou, Hayley (22 December 2016). "Tina and Bobby start date revealed! All the details". OK! Magazine.
  21. ^ "When is Brassic on TV? Who is in the cast and what is it about?". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  22. ^ "Brassic: Michelle Keegan and Joe Gilgun star in first-look trailer for 'edgy' new comedy". Sky News. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  23. ^ Millar, Paul (10 July 2012). "Michelle Keegan explains ending Max George engagement". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  24. ^ Martinovic, Paul (21 July 2012). "Michelle Keegan, Max George 'split before nightclub allegations'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright get married in Bury St Edmunds". Newsbeat. BBC. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  26. ^ Tobin, Christian (22 July 2015). "Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's joyous wedding snaps shared by Mark's brother Josh". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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