Coronation Streets Michelle Keegan on whether she regrets exit

Michelle Keegan recalls her Coronation Street audition

Bursting onto Coronation Street in 2008, Michelle joined the soap as the love interest of resident bad boy David Platt (played by Jack P. Shepherd) after landing the role in her second audition.

However, she was killed off after half a decade on-screen by Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) who had pushed her off a balcony.

Although she survived the fall, her character was brutally beaten with a metal pole which resulted in swelling on the brain and ultimately her death.

Since then, fans have seen Michelle star in multiple shows such as Our Girl, Brassic and Plebs.

With the actress starting off her career in her early 20s, Michelle spoke about what career she would’ve gone into if she hadn’t started acting so young.

Speaking to RadioTimes, the 35-year-old confessed she had accepted that her time as an actress would be over once she left the soap.

She said: “When I decided to leave Corrie, I remember coming to terms with the idea of not acting again.

“I always said to myself, ‘If I don’t get a job after this, at least I’ve had a good run’.

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“Not many people can say they’ve had this career for six and a half years

“The decision to leave was always a risk but it was the right thing for me at the time.

“So, I’d never have regretted it. If it hadn’t worked out, I’d have done something to do with dogs, that’s my happy place.”

However, fans will be seeing Michelle in a new role as she’s set to star in the upcoming BBC One drama Ten Pound Poms.

The six-part series is about a group of Brits who leave a dreary post-war Britain in the 1950s to embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world in Australia.

Viewers will see Michelle take on the role of Kate, a nurse who has decided to leave the UK for a different reason to the rest of the characters which gets revealed as the show goes on.

Speaking about her first-period drama role, Michelle commented: “Kate’s storyline is definitely very emotionally led.

“You see her go through a lot of turmoil in Ten Pound Poms. It’s been really challenging for me, and I’ve loved every minute.

Ten Pound Toms premieres on BBC One on Sunday 14 May at 9pm.

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