Accepted actress Michelle Keegan

'Coronation Street' star Michelle Keegan feels as though she has finally been accepted now she's been nominated for a Best Actress award

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Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan feels "accepted" now she has been nominated for a Best Actress award.

The 22-year-old beauty - who portrays sexy 'Coronation Street' shop worker Michelle Keegan in the ITV1 soap - feels she really made it as an actress when she was shortlisted for her coveted TV honour at the British Soap Awards tomorrow (08.05.10).

She said: "As a new actress to come into a huge programme like 'Coronation Street' and to be up for a Best Actress two years down the line is a massive thing for me.

"It feels like I have been accepted. You always think at the beginning, 'Am I going to get accepted and will I do the storylines justice?' "

While she is thrilled with the honour, the brunette beauty believes she will have tough competition from stars in rival soaps.

She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's great to get that assurance. I have to pinch myself, especially going up against 'EastEnders' actress Lacey Turner, because she's amazing."

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