Michelle Keegan says Our Girl role shaped her into the 'confident and independent' person she is today

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 December 2020
Michelle Keegan (c) Peter Pedonomou

Michelle Keegan (c) Peter Pedonomou for Women’s Health UK

Michelle Keegan has admitted starring as Georgie Lane in 'Our Girl' shaped her into a "much more confident and independent" person

Michelle Keegan says playing Georgie Lane in 'Our Girl' "moulded" her "into the person" she is today.

The former 'Coronation Street' star – who played Tina McIntyre in the long-running ITV soap between 2008 and 2014 – landed the role as the army medic in the BBC military drama in 2016 and admitted she owes a lot to the show as it shaped her into a "much more confident and independent" person.

Speaking to the February issue of Women's Health UK magazine – of which she is the cover star – she said: "This role was always so important to me. Leaving 'Corrie', I wanted to prove to everyone that had ever doubted me that I could be versatile. It was my chance to strip back and focus on doing the best job I could. I didn’t think I’d be able to live up to the role. I wanted to make everyone proud and do justice to the role."

Michelle – who is married to TV personality Mark Wright – also recalled how "overwhelming" it was on her first day on set.

She added: "The first day was very overwhelming. There was so much training not just the military side but the medical side too and I wanted to get it right ... there was so much information to digest before the acting came into play. But that role moulded me into the person I am today and because of it I’m so much more confident and independent. I will always be proud of Georgie."

The 33-year-old actress left the show in 2019 after four series but has considered making a return despite the demanding challenges of the role.

She said previously: "I will never say never with 'Our Girl'. I absolutely loved that job. It was a fantastic role for me, it was really challenging, not only was it physically challenging, but I learnt so much on that job about the military and the medical side as well. I really enjoyed it, but I felt it was the right time for me to move on, then. In future Georgie can come back, they have left the door open for Georgie."

Read the full Michelle Keegan interview in the February issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale now.

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