Michelle Kee­gan heads to Sal­ford to film her new show

Salford Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Neal Keel­ing neal.keel­ing@men-news.co.uk @neal­keel­ingmen

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.”

STEVE FAR­RELL/SEB BEE­SON

Michelle Kee­gan on a night out in Manch­ester

Stephen Lord

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