Michelle Kee­gan: Mov­ing On

Her new TV show is amaz­ing, she’s go­ing back to her roots (lit­er­ally) and Hol­ly­wood’s call­ing…

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I’d love to do films,’ Michelle Kee­gan told us re­cently. And luck­ily, her wish might well be granted in the near fu­ture, with ad­vance reviews of her new BBC drama Our Girl heap­ing praise on the 26-year-old Man­cu­nian ac­tress and tip­ping her for su­per­star­dom. But while she’s mov­ing on­wards and up­wards in her ca­reer, her big mo­ment has been over­shad­owed by the drama sur­round­ing her and her hus­band of 16 months Mark Wright.

Fol­low­ing a very pub­lic Twit­ter spat with ac­tor Danny Dyer af­ter a re­ported al­ter­ca­tion at a re­cent char­ity foot­ball match, it was at V Fes­ti­val on 20 Au­gust where the drama re­ally kicked off. Danny, 39, was there for his stag/hen do with wife-to-be Joanne Mas when things took a dra­matic turn. At around 10pm the Easten­ders ac­tor be­came in­volved in a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion with

Mark and his friends, and it re­port­edly turned phys­i­cal. Later, Danny’s daugh­ter Dani, 20, said she’d ‘wit­nessed the whole thing’ and said: ‘5 on 1 is never fair,’ as her dad was seen sport­ing a black eye.

Mark, 29, was quick to go on the de­fen­sive, tweet­ing the fol­low­ing day: ‘I would like to con­firm that I per­son­ally wasn’t in­volved in any phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion’. But that hasn’t stopped him re­ceiv­ing death threats and angry com­ments from his In­sta­gram fol­low­ers. ‘To­tally dis­gust­ing be­hav­iour!’ said one user. ‘Used to think @wrighty_ was de­cent, lost all re­spect now. No back­bone,’ said another. How­ever, oth­ers were quick to jump to his de­fence, with one say­ing: ‘I am not a Mark Wright fan but I don’t see why peo­ple think this is his fault.’

Michelle’s also been brought into the row. ‘She needs to walk away be­fore you bring her down and wreck her ca­reer,’ one user posted to Mark, while a fan of Michelle said: ‘I bet you’re dis­ap­pointed in your hus­band. He’s let him­self down,’ and another com­mented: ‘You so need to get rid of that Mark’. Ouch!

‘Michelle’s got so much go­ing on and this isn’t the kind of press she needs,’ says our source. ‘She’s deadly se­ri­ous about her ca­reer and is ter­ri­fied this will af­fect what pro­duc­ers think of her. She wishes Mark would grow up.’

Mean­while, Mark is re­port­edly ir­ri­tated that his wife didn’t com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion. Michelle’s re­fused to back him up on­line, in­stead fo­cus­ing on pro­mot­ing her Lipsy cloth­ing range and new shows. She up­loaded a cryp­tic in­spi­ra­tional quote to In­sta­gram that said: ‘She be­lieved she could so she did,’ with many of her fol­low­ers seem­ing to take that as a sign she’s sep­a­rat­ing her­self from the drama.

But as Michelle tried to move things on by re­veal­ing the air date of her new TV series Our Girl on Twit­ter, she faced even more trou­ble. The ac­tress was hit with abuse from trolls af­ter Danny’s fi­ancée im­pli­cated her di­rectly: ‘It’s of­fi­cial. I’m go­ing to be pro­mot­ing MY GIRL and the shit she wit­nessed #your­toof**kingstaged,’ sug­gest­ing Mark and Michelle’s ro­mance is fake.

‘It re­ally up­set Michelle,’ says our in­sider. ‘She’s not deal­ing with this well. She has no time for this kind of sit­u­a­tion – she doesn’t ever have feuds with peo­ple. She reck­ons it’s just undig­ni­fied and child­ish.’

Speculation about the cou­ple has been on­go­ing, as they’ve hardly been seen to­gether in the past few months. While Michelle has been film­ing Tina And Bobby in Manchester, Mark’s been jet­ting off for DJ gigs in Mal­lorca and on lads’ hol­i­days, so they’re of­ten hun­dreds of miles apart ev­ery night. Their last pub­lic out­ing to­gether was at Wire­less fes­ti­val in June, lead­ing to many sug­ges­tions that the pair have al­ready split – not helped by the fact Michelle’s been seen with­out her wed­ding ring sev­eral times. While she’s pre­vi­ously said she takes it off for film­ing, our sources say it’s a con­scious mes­sage to Mark.

Michelle’s even ad­mit­ted to us that she and Mark rarely get time to­gether, re­veal­ing: ‘When I was down south we’d have [date night] once a week, whereas now I’m in Manchester and he can work at week­ends, we don’t see each other as of­ten as I’d like.’

Our source con­firms: ‘On the rare oc­ca­sions they see each other, they don’t usu­ally get much time to­gether as they’re al­ways rush­ing off to another work com­mit­ment.’

How­ever, Mark’s re­port­edly fu­ri­ous at any sug­ges­tion that he’s hold­ing Michelle’s ca­reer back. ‘He feels they should be join­ing forces,’ adds the friend. ‘Their mar­ried life to­gether has been on hold from day one with their work­load, so you can un­der­stand Mark’s frus­tra­tion. All Michelle wants is

for him to un­der­stand that she’s chang­ing and grow­ing.’

Of course, the V Fes­ti­val drama isn’t the first scan­dal that Michelle and Mark have had to face ei­ther. On a hol­i­day to Las Ve­gas with his mates in June, there was a furore af­ter Mark was seen talk­ing to a blonde woman while hang­ing out by the pool. While there was no sug­ges­tion any­thing hap­pened, it can’t have been easy for Michelle, who was film­ing in South Africa at the time. She main­tained a dig­ni­fied si­lence.

But then there were ru­mours that Michelle was grow­ing close to her on-screen lover and co-star Luke Pasqualino, 26, af­ter the two were seen hug­ging on set. While Mark’s ad­mit­ted in the past he finds his wife’s sex scenes ‘hi­lar­i­ous’ and ‘part of her job’, Michelle’s friend­ship with Luke is said to have put a strain on things be­tween her and Mark.

For Michelle, it seems to be very stress­ful: ‘She’s re­ally up­set at how much – and how quickly – things have changed,’ our in­sider re­veals. ‘She’s at such an ex­cit­ing stage of her life and would love to share it all with her hus­band, but he wants things to stay the same.’

The con­stant men­tion of chil­dren and set­tling down can’t help ei­ther. Only last month, Mark’s sis­ter Jess said she ‘hoped she’d be hav­ing a niece or nephew soon,’ which re­port­edly ir­ri­tated ca­reer-fo­cused Michelle.

‘She’s grown so much over the past year,’ adds another source. ‘She’s thriv­ing in her ca­reer and learn­ing all the time and she’s not think­ing about ba­bies or any­thing like that yet.’

Michelle’s now mov­ing on from last week’s crazi­ness and look­ing for­ward to chill­ing out. With film­ing wrapped on Tina And Bobby, she’s about to go into an in­tense pro­mo­tional tour for Our Girl and then it could be Hol­ly­wood, with the Our Girl stunt co-or­di­na­tor Paul Pi­eterse com­par­ing her to the likes of A-list megas­tar Char­l­ize Theron. But Michelle says she’s go­ing to find time to have a break in be­tween her next big job: ‘I am look­ing for­ward to a bit of down­time,’ she ad­mit­ted last week, ‘where I can catch up with my­self, spend time with Mark and our fam­i­lies.’

And it couldn’t come sooner, as our sources say it’s all about the next few months for Mark and Michelle. ‘They’re sup­posed to be go­ing on this amaz­ing hol­i­day to­gether but the way things are now it could be a makeor-break sit­u­a­tion,’ says our source. ‘I think they need to sit down and talk se­ri­ously about mak­ing some changes.’

Mark’s des­per­ate for some time out with his wife

Mark at V Fes­ti­val, where he bumped into his younger sis­ter Natalya,

(above), and (be­low) with his mates be­fore all the drama hap­pened with Danny. He cap­tioned the pic: ‘The calm be­fore the storm’

Michelle’s cryp­tic In­sta post

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