Childhood & Early Life
Michelle Elizabeth Keegan was born on June 3, 1987, in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Her father, Michael Keegan, is English, while her mother, Jacqueline Keegan, has her roots in Gibraltar. She has a brother, Andrew Michael Keegan, and a sister, Nichola Corfield.
Keegan attended the ‘St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic High School’ in Eccles. She then enrolled at the ‘Manchester School of Acting.’ Keegan worked at the department store ‘Selfridges,’ before starting her acting career. She worked as a check-in agent at ‘Manchester Airport,’ too.
In 2007, Keegan made her acting debut with the role of ‘Tina McIntyre’ in the series ‘Coronation Street.’ She was offered the role after her second audition. Keegan was selected from about 900 people who had auditioned for the role. ‘Coronation Street’ is one of the most popular TV series on ‘ITV.’
‘Tina McIntyre,’ the character played by Keegan, was one of the central characters in the series. She was pivotal to many key storylines. ‘Tina’ faced situations such as perjury, abortion, and surrogacy.
In 2013, Keegan decided to part ways with the series. Her character was eventually murdered. Her last appearance on the show was on June 2, 2014.
In 2008, Keegan appeared as ‘Tina’ in the ‘direct-to-video’ movie ‘Coronation Street: Out of Africa.’ The movie was shot in South Africa. It showed the characters from the series ‘Coronation Street’ visiting a luxury resort in South Africa.
In 2009, Keegan made her debut on radio, co-hosting ‘The Official Chart’ on ‘BBC Radio 1.’ The same year, Keegan appeared as herself in the miniseries ‘Red Dwarf: Back to Earth,’ telecast on ‘Dave.’
In January, 2011, Keegan appeared on the cover of the men’s magazine ‘FHM.’ She was placed at the thirtieth position on the ‘100 Sexiest Women’ list, based on a poll conducted by the magazine in 2010. In 2011, she was ranked twenty-sixth in the same poll. In 2013, Michelle Keegan appeared on the cover of ‘FHM’ again and was ranked fourth in the ‘Sexiest Women’ poll. In 2015, she secured the first position and won the title of the ‘Sexiest Woman in the World.’
In 2014, Keegan was part of a European tour that saw her perform as ‘Tinkerbell’ in the adaption of ‘Peter Pan.’
In 2015, Keegan appeared as ‘Tracy’ in the ‘BBC’ drama series ‘Ordinary Lies.’ ‘Tracy’ was a receptionist who was involved in drug trafficking. Keegan appeared in five episodes of the series.
In 2016, Keegan played the guest role of ‘Ursula’ in the ‘ITV2’ comedy series ‘Plebs.’ The same year, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on the game show ‘Crystal Maze.’
Keegan was selected to play ‘Corporal Georgie Lane,’ the lead role in the TV series ‘Our Girl.’ The military-drama series, aired on ‘BBC,’ continues to run successfully, with Keegan playing the lead.
In 2017, Keegan played ‘Tina Moore’ in the TV series ‘Tina and Bobby.’ It was a three-part series based on footballer Bobby Moore’s relationship with his first wife, Tina Moore. The series was aired on ‘ITV.’