As Coronation Street's Tina McIntyre, Michelle Keegan had more than her fair share of drama, ultimately meeting her end at the hands of Rob Donovan after falling from scaffolding.

The actress, who's married to former TOWIE star Mark Wright, then went on to take an action-packed role as soldier Georgie Lane in Our Girl, replacing another soap favourite Lacey Turner, who'd played Molly Dawes in the hit BBC1 drama.

So when the chance to star in a comedy came along, with Sky's knockabout Northern romp Brassic, Michelle, who recently wowed in a demin jumpsuit, leapt at the chance to join the cast, alongside another soap graduate, former This Is England and Emmerdale actor Joe Gilgun.

But the cheeky series got off to a raunchy start, which left Michelle with quite a dilemma, when her family wanted to settle down to see her new show.

As fans of Brassic will remember, viewers first meet Michelle's character Erin in a scene where she is loudly having sex with her boyfriend Dylan (Damien Molony) at the start of the first episode.

“That first episode, I didn’t let my family watch until 15 minutes in, and we all know why!" laughed Michelle, in an interview with Radio Times.

“I did a family message to everyone when that episode first came out saying ‘it starts now at quarter past, so please don’t put the TV on before then, I’m not going to explain why but don’t’ and they promised me that they didn’t.”

These days Michelle is a star with a string of credits to her name, including Bobby and Tina, the drama about Bobby Moore and Ordinary Lies.

And while she has dipped her toe into comedy waters with appearances on shows such as Drunk History:UK, Lemon La Vida Loca, Plebs and Red Dwarf, Brassic was Michelle's first time leading a comedy series.

But nothing can probably touch the time when Michelle became a household name by landing the role of Tina McIntyre, and stepping onto the cobbles in 2008.

“I still remember the day I walked out of the gates of Corrie and someone asked for my autograph, and I asked the PR lady with me ‘what do I write?’ as I hadn’t ever practiced doing an autograph”, she admitted.

But while she and Mark have been busy with renovations to create their dream home, she insists the couple are "normal."

“My life honestly is really normal,” she says. “I still have the same friends, I still go to the same areas, I still meet my mum for a coffee in the Trafford Centre. We never feel like we can’t go places and do things and I think it is the same for Mark as well. We live very normal lives, it’s just that everyone sees what we do from time to time, that’s how we see it.”

As for future work Michelle has an open mind. She hasn't ruled out a return to Our Girl, though the series ended in 2020. But she has been busy as there will be a series four of Brassic down the line.

“I enjoy playing Erin, I really do, playing a character with all these different elements is really exciting,” she says.

“As soon as someone mentions Brassic, I feel my face light up."

Brassic, Sky Max, Wednesday 10pm

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