Michelle Keegan: when did the actress star in Coronation Street, what is she doing in 2020 - and why does she look so different?

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Viewers were stunned by Keegan’s transformation when she appeared on the soap’s 60th anniversary show

Michelle Keegan, 33, first graced our screens as Tina in Coronation Street in 2008 and left the cobbles with a dramatic storyline which led to her character’s death in 2014.

With this week marking the 60th anniversary of the soap, Keegan reminisced about her time on Corrie with fellow cast members past and present, and viewers were stunned by her changed appearance.

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So, what happened to the girl from The Rovers Return and what has she been working on since her departure? Here is everything we know.

Keegan stunned viewers with her changed appearanceKeegan stunned viewers with her changed appearance
Keegan stunned viewers with her changed appearance

Who was Tina on Coronation Street?

Prior to the launch of her acting career, Keegan worked on the Selfridges beauty counter in Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

When she auditioned for the role of Tina McIntyre she never expected to get the part and didn’t tell her parents she had auditioned as she didn’t want to disappoint them if she wasn’t successful.

Tina was initially the girlfriend of hot-head David Platt and was only expected to be cast for a short period on the ITV soap.

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She was involved in a string of iconic storylines, including those around surrogacy, domestic abuse, murder and depression.

The no-nonsense barmaid also struck up an unlikely friendship with elderly shopkeeper, Rita.

Tina was killed by conman Rob Donovan after she told him she would expose his crimes to the police.

Rob pushed her off the balcony of the Builder's Yard before she died in hospital, but viewers were left in the dark about who killed her until weeks later.

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Other suspects included Peter Barlow, who Tina had been having an affair with, and Carla Conner, his wife.

Where did Keegan go after Corrie?

In 2014, the actress’ time as Tina came to an end and in 2015, she married The Only Way is Essex star, Mark Wright.

The celebrity couple had both left their previous TV roles and rumours circulated that they planned to move to Hollywood.

However, Keegan instead took on the leading role in BBC war drama, Our Girl.

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Her character, Lance Corporal Georgie Lane, championed females in a largely male occupation and battalion.

She starred in the hit BBC drama from 2016 until the fourth season in spring 2020, but it has been revealed there will not be a fifth season.

Keegan now stars in Sky comedy, Brassic, which first aired in 2019 and has so far had two seasons.

She plays the role of working-class young mum, Erin Croft, struggling to get by as she aspires to achieve a college degree.

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Keegan has also had one-off appearances as a host on Radio 1, The Crystal Maze’s Stand Up to Cancer special and appeared alongside Keith Lemon in his show ‘Lemon-da-vida-loca’ and spin-off spoof series ‘Keith and Paddy’s Picture Show’.

She also models her clothing ranges with Lipsy and Very.co.uk.

Why does she look so different now?

Appearing on the Coronation Street 60th anniversary documentary Keegan reminisced about her time on the street, but viewers were quick to comment on how different she looks now, six years on from her last appearance.

Keegan was flooded with compliments, while some Twitter users commented that she was unrecognisable.

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She told the Sunday Express in 2018: “I like the fact people point out they think I’ve had a nose job.

"They think I’ve had new cheeks, a new chin – but I haven’t and I don’t think I ever would, if I’m being honest. I’m scared it’ll go wrong!"

It’s believed that she spends upwards of £9k a year on non-surgical face treatments to reduce ageing and maintain healthy cell growth.

Dr Esho, famed as doctor to many celebrities, previously told how Keegan receives a HydraFacial which costs £150, a pHformula Vitamin C Skin Resurfacing treatment which costs £250 and Dermapen micro needling at £350, every month.

What can we expect from Keegan in 2021?

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Keegan now lives in Essex with her husband Wright and their dachshund Phoebe and Chihuahua Pip.

She has already hinted to fans that she will be back on our TV screens in 2021.

She will feature in the third series of Brassic, which began filming in October 2020.

The actress took to Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap to her 4.8 million followers.

Michelle is also set to continue creating her clothing range with Very.co.uk.