Five things you might not know about Michelle Keegan

By Guest, 5 June 2018 - 4:09pm

Actress Michelle Keegan traces her family history on Who Do You Think You Are? on 6 June 2018 as part of the BBC's Hear Her season. Here are five things you might not know about the star…

Michelle Keegan
Michelle Keegan attends the British Airways golf day and gala ball at The Grove, London, April 2018. Credit: Antony Jones/ Getty Images for British Airways

Actress Michelle Keegan is best known for playing Tina McIntyre on Coronation Street before starring on Our Girl as Corporal Georgie Lane.

For Who Do You Think You Are? she travels to Gibraltar and Italy to trace her family. Fittingly for the centenary years of women gaining the right to vote, she also discovers an ancestor who was a suffragist campaigner.

Here are five things you may not know about the star…
 

1. Manchester lass

As Michelle says on Who Do You Think You Are?, "Manchester's home." She was born in 1987 in Stockport and trained at the Manchester School of Acting.
 

2. Cosmetics counter

Before Michelle got a role on Coronation Street she worked at Selfridges on a make up counter. She heard about an audition for Coronation Street and went along for the experience, not believing she actually had a chance at the part, but...
 

3. Small screen surrogate

...Michelle was cast as Tina McIntyre, who became the second person on any British soap opera to give birth as a surrogate mother.
 

4. Soldier star

Michelle has played the lead role of Corporal Georgie Lane in series two and three of drama Our Girl. On Sunday she called for the government to give more funding to the armed forces during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show.
 

5. Historic heroines

Michelle has played both Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in Comedy Central UK's Drunk History

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