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Michelle Keegan 'Turns Down' Holly Willoughby's 'Celebrity Juice' Role, Because She's Landed A New Acting Role

21/08/2014 10:22 BST | Updated 21/08/2014 10:59 BST

Michelle Keegan has reportedly turned down an offer to fill in for Holly Willoughby on ‘Celebrity Juice’ while she goes on maternity leave, as she’s landed a new acting role.

Holly is currently expecting her third child with husband Dan Baldwin, meaning she’ll be taking a break from presenting ‘This Morning’ and ‘Celebrity Juice’ later this year.

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Michelle Keegan

Michelle was apparently offered the chance to stand in for Holly by taking the role of team captain, however, she's had to turn Keith Lemon down, due to scheduling conflicts.

A source told The Sun: “Unfortunately, although Michelle said she loves the show, it clashed with another project that she has already signed up for this year.

“It’s a drama which she is very excited about, as she has always been keen to focus on acting after leaving 'Corrie'.”

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Holly Willoughby, who is going on maternity leave

Michelle has now featured as a guest on the show four times, including a spot representing ‘Coronation Street’ in a ‘Corrie’ vs. ‘EastEnders’ special.

During her most recent appearance on the show, Michelle was dunked in jellied eels, which the source reckons she “took in good humour”.

Kelly Brook starred on the panel show when Fearne was on maternity leave during her last maternity leave and ‘Celebrity Juice’ presenter Keith has backed Kel's return, telling Yahoo UKr: “She did an amazing job last time so it makes sense.”

It’s been confirmed that Christine Bleakley and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Amanda Holden will be filling in for Holly on ‘This Morning’, keeping Phillip Schofield company on the daytime show’s sofa.

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