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Michelle Keegan reflects on spending eight months in South Africa for Our Girl

Michelle Keegan discusses spending eight months in South Africa for Our Girl filming as she sits down with Jonathan Ross during Saturday’s episode of his show.

The former Coronation Street actress, 34, who is married to former TOWIE star Mark Wright, confesses that she found it ‘hard’ being away from home for so long. 

Michelle also says on the show she would consider returning to the role as the door was left open for her character Georgie.  

Proud: Michelle Keegan, 34, reflected on spending eight months in South Africa for Our Girl filming as she sits down with Jonathan Ross in Saturday’s episode of Jonathan Ross show

She says: ‘Yeah. The door’s been left open for Georgie anyway, so I definitely would. Georgie’s storyline with Elvis came to an end. It felt the right time for her to step back. But I would love to go back.’ 

Michelle says her part on Our Girl was her most proud role as she had to spend so much time away from home.

She says: ‘I’d say Our Girl just because I was away from home for a long time. One of the seasons I did I was living away for eight months. I was in Nepal, Malaysia, South Africa. I had a great time, I was lucky, but it was hard to be away from home.’ 

Michelle adds:  ‘It was really physically demanding. I think acclimatising was really hard. So hot and a lot of kit on, that was really hard. And the medical side, learning all the medical side of the job as well.’ 

Elsewhere, she reveals her father Michael plugs his bar in Tenerife by telling his punters they will be able to FaceTime his famous daughter.

Marriage: She recalled about her proudest acting moment: 'I’d say Our Girl just because I was away from home for a long time. One of the seasons I did I was living away for eight months'; pictured with her husband Mark 2019

Marriage: She recalled about her proudest acting moment: ‘I’d say Our Girl just because I was away from home for a long time. One of the seasons I did I was living away for eight months’; pictured with her husband Mark 2019 

She reveals that while her parents are proud of her, her father is using her famous status to his advantage.

When asked how they feel about her career, Michelle says: ‘They are [proud]. My dad’s in Tenerife at the moment, he’s bought a bar out there. 

‘I must have FaceTimes off him five times a day with random customers. He’s really proud. I don’t know how he drops it in.

Ha! Michelle then revealed her father Michael plugs his bar in Tenerife by telling his punters they will be able to FaceTime his famous daughter

Ha! Michelle then revealed her father Michael plugs his bar in Tenerife by telling his punters they will be able to FaceTime his famous daughter

‘Come in to my bar and get a FaceTime with Michelle!’

Michelle’s parents are Jacqueline and Mike Keegan. 

Her dad is Scottish and her maternal grandmother is from Gibraltar, giving Michelle her Spanish heritage. 

Last month, Michelle jetted out to the Canary Island with her brother Andrew to show support for her dad’s new venture, The Bee’s Knees gin bar.

Michelle posted a photo of herself and her family behind the bar, alongside the caption: ‘Me and the bro went to visit dad’s new bar in Tenerife last weekend.

‘If you’re in Tenners and fancy a pint, go and say hi. Proud of you both for following your dreams.’ 

Love: Michelle pictured with her dad Michael

Love: Michelle pictured with her dad Michael

Michelle’s latest project has been working on Sky drama Brassic.

Discussing the work, she says: ‘Honestly, it’s so much fun. Every day is so funny. A lot of the time, Joe [Gilgun] who plays Vinnie, he comes on set and he just riffs. 

‘So you don’t know what line is going to come… you don’t even know when to come in, everything’s up in the air. It’s good fun, keeps everything fresh.’

Asked about the end of series 3, Michelle says: ‘It’s a cliffhanger… ‘ But notes: ‘I am [already filming series 4].’

Telling all: The former soap star reveals that while her parents are proud of her, her father is using her famous status to his advantage

Telling all: The former soap star reveals that while her parents are proud of her, her father is using her famous status to his advantage

She adds: ‘I have so much fun and it is filmed in Manchester. It’s good to go back home.’ 

Michelle says: ‘One million percent, I’m really proud to be northern. it makes me proud of where I’m from.’

Michelle’s character in the show Erin Croft is mum to Tyler and the star talks about what it is like to play a mother in the series.

Michelle says: ‘Jude [Riordan, who plays Tyler], he’s unbelievable. He’s the most professional actor. Out of all of us he’s the most professional on set. He literally just won an NTA. He joined Corrie. 

When asked how they feel about her career, Michelle says: 'They are [proud]. My dad's in Tenerife at the moment, he's bought a bar out there'

She said: 'I must have FaceTimes off him five times a day with random customers. He's really proud. I don't know how he drops it in'

When asked how they feel about her career, Michelle says: ‘They are [proud]. My dad’s in Tenerife at the moment, he’s bought a bar out there’

‘When he’s on set he knows everyone’s lines. If our minds go blank he’ll give me my feed line. He’s brilliant, he’s really good.’

As well as working with a young actor, Michelle works with animals. She says: ‘[There’s been] a llama, a bull, we rob a petting zoo [so there’s] a monkey, an emu, a skunk, an armadillo…. [I’m] doing both [things you’re told not to do, work with animals and children]. It’s chaos [with the animals].’

Speaking about doing her own stunts, Michelle says: ‘I did in Our Girl. And the most recent one I did was in Brassic. A car was reversing back. The hand break was off. I was wearing heels, I had to run towards the car to put the hand break up. It was moving and I had to jump in the car. Running in heels on cobbles…’

Lol: 'Come in to my bar and get a FaceTime with Michelle!'

Lol: ‘Come in to my bar and get a FaceTime with Michelle!’


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