Michelle kee­gan: it’s de­ci­sion time

FOR MICHELLE With Hollywood call­ing, will it be Mark, fam­ily or her ca­reer?

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There’s no deny­ing that Michelle Kee­gan has had a su­per-suc­cess­ful 2016. And she’s set to have an even busier 2017 thanks to her role as Cor­po­ral Ge­orgie Lane in BBC drama Our Girl, for which she’s scored rave re­views. Soon af­ter Our Girl wrapped, Michelle, 29, was on the set of her next project, ITV drama Bobby And Tina. She’s also starred on Lip Sync Bat­tle UK, The Crys­tal Maze and has lent her voice to BBC Ra­dio 4’s play On Kosovo Field. In the first half of 2017, Michelle will be back in South Africa for the next se­ries of Our Girl, which could take up to eight months to film – plus she has com­mit­ments to brands Revlon and Lipsy. Mean­while, her hus­band Mark is tied up with his TV and ra­dio shows in the UK and abroad. It’s no won­der spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether has been a jug­gling act. Last month, Michelle told Look they planned Christ­mas

in Es­sex, but sources say Michelle is set to face her most hec­tic year yet… so will Mark, fam­ily or her ca­reer take pri­or­ity?

A source close to the cou­ple tells us: ‘There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween say­ing you’re go­ing to do some­thing and ac­tu­ally do­ing it. Michelle is well aware that they can talk end­lessly about sec­ond hon­ey­moons and mak­ing up for lost time. That’s why she’s so in­sis­tent with Mark that they have to ac­tu­ally put things in the di­ary.’

Michelle took a huge step in her ca­reer when she de­cided to quit her pop­u­lar role as Tina Mcin­tyre in Corona­tion Street in 2013. At the time, she said: ‘I don’t want to look back in 10 years and think: “What if?” At the minute I’ve got no ba­bies, so I can ven­ture out and try other things.’

And Michelle hasn’t looked back since. In fact, re­mov­ing that safety net of a pos­si­ble cob­bles re­turn has helped her max out her op­por­tu­ni­ties – so is the next stop Tin­sel­town? Our Girl’s stunt co-or­di­na­tor, Paul Pi­eterse thinks so, say­ing: ‘I’m work­ing with top Hollywood stars and Michelle’s of that cal­i­bre.’

In the months lead­ing up to mar­ry­ing Mark in 2015, Michelle’s ca­reer soared. At the time many tipped the love­birds as ‘the new Posh & Becks’. Now, sources tell us it’s not just Michelle who feels wan­der­lust – Mark’s do­ing small roles at the mo­ment and he’s ‘se­ri­ous’ about act­ing. Should the Hollywood cast­ing call come sooner rather than later, Mark too could be set to go State­side.

Ear­lier this month, the 29-year-old re­vealed he filmed two episodes of E!’s The Roy­als. And Look can re­veal that last week the EX-TOWIE star ap­plied for a US work visa. The in­sider adds: ‘His work sched­ule is more un­sta­ble than hers, so when op­por­tu­ni­ties come up he likes to say yes.’

Speak­ing of sched­ules, Michelle told Look she has to con­stantly sync her di­ary with fam­ily and friends: ‘Mark’s al­ways look­ing at his di­ary and I’m look­ing at mine and my friends are all on What­sapp try­ing to ar­range their time.’ For tal­ented ac­tors like Michelle, Hollywood film shoots can be lengthy, so there’s bound to be even more pres­sure to pri­ori­tise. We hope the stars will align in 2017, mak­ing ‘Marchelle’ Tin­sel­town’s next hot power cou­ple.

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