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21st Jun 2015

“I Can’t Wait to be a Part of It” – Michelle Keegan Lands Lead Role in Hit Series

The former Corrie actress will star in the second series.

Rebecca McKnight

It’s a good time to be Michelle Keegan. 

One month after her high-profile wedding to former TOWIE star Mark Wright, the stunning actress is turning her attentions back to her on-screen life and hasn’t wasted any time landing another coveted role.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Michelle Keegan attends the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 10, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The former Coronation Street star has cinched the lead in BBC drama Our Girl.

Keegan will play Corporal Georgie Lane, an army medic on a risky mission in Kenya.

Speaking to The Mirror, Keegan said: “I’m a massive fan of the series so I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

“It’s going to be a big but exciting ­challenge for me.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12:   Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan are seen arriving at Studio 15, Windsor on June 12, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Niki Nikolova/GC Images)

A BBC spokesman said of her character: “It won’t be an easy posting as she has to earn the love and trust of her fellow soldiers, and the greater respect of her commanding officer, while ­working alongside aid workers in the world’s biggest refugee camp.

“Kenya will be full of surprises that will challenge Georgie professionally and personally.”

Keegan will take over from another soap star, as Eastenders‘ Lacey Turner played a leading role in the first series. Turner will not return to the the role of  Molly Dawes, a medic in Afghanistan, due to her Eastenders commitments.


Michelle, 28, will begin filming for the second series in January of 2016, with her episodes set  to premiere late next year.

Keegan first came to public attention as Tina McIntyre, who landed on the Corrie cobbles in 2008. Her character was killed off in June of 2014, after Keegan had decided to depart the series.