Michelle Keegan heads to Salford to film her new show
MICHELLE Keegan is to swap the cobbles of Coronation Street for the mean streets of Salford for her first film.
She is to star in Strangeways Here We Come, a brutal comedy drama about a loan shark’s downfall, alongside the city’s own Stephen Lord.
Michelle, who played Tina McIntyre in Corrie for six years before leaving in May last year after her character’s death, will play a victim of notorious loan shark Danny Nolan, played by Stephen.
The 27-year-old actress, from Stockport, is currently appearing on TV as Tracy in the BBC drama series Ordinary Lies.
She picked up a clutch of awards while on The Street, including Best Newcomer and Sexiest Female in a British Soap 10 times.
Filming in and around Salford is scheduled to start this week.
Shameless and EastEnders actor Stephen, who was raised in Langworthy, insists the film, despite its tough setting, is full of laughs – and hope.
His wife, Irish actress Elaine Cassidy, will also star in the movie.
For Stephen, who is also in the British/American horror TV series Penny Dreadful, it will be the first film made by his company, Collateral Productions. It has been written by another Salford lad, Chris Green, who will also direct.
The production team is working with Salford Arts Theatre and there will be parts for local people.
Stephen said: “I hope the making of the film in Salford will be uplifting and inspiring to people.
“We are thrilled at being able to present Michelle Keegan her first film role and she is embracing her character Demi fully, testing herself as an actress and showing no signs of being afraid of getting down and dirty with the rest of our great cast.
“Her character is prominent in the film and she has some intense and also funny moments and their is a real nice arc to her character’s journey.
“Demi battles with many insecurities as a young girl and is quite an anxious and introverted character.
“Nolan has found yet another character he preys on pushing Demi and her friends – Becki, played by This Is England’s Chanel Cresswell, and Sian, played by Saffron Hocking, who is also making her debut film – with other residents to the absolute edge. Michelle is very excited about the film and the challenge.”
Michelle Keegan on a night out in Manchester