Michelle Keegan Lands ‘Our Girl' Drama Role, Taking Over From Lacey Turner

Michelle Keegan has landed a huge new role, in the hit BBC drama ‘Our Girl’.

The former ‘Coronation Street’ star is set to take the lead in a new series of the show, following Lacey Turner’s departure.

Michelle Keegan

The first series of the drama followed Lacey’s character Molly Dawes, who worked as a medic in Afghanistan.

Filming for the second series is set to begin overseas in January, and Michelle will play Corporal Georgie Lane, who is serving on a mission in Kenya.

Michelle has shared her excitement following the announcement, stating: “I’m a massive fan of the series so I can’t wait to be a part of it. It’s going to be a big but exciting ­challenge for me.”

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A BBC spokesperson adds: “It won’t be an easy posting as she has to earn the love and trust of her fellow soldiers, and the greater respect of her commanding officer, while ­working alongside aid workers in the world’s biggest refugee camp.”

“Kenya will be full of surprises that will challenge Georgie professionally and personally.”

Since leaving ‘Corrie’, Michelle has nabbed a number of small roles, and she recently starred in ‘Ordinary Lies’, which was praised by critics and TV fans alike.

She also recently walked up the aisle, marrying former 'TOWIE' star Mark Wright.

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