Michelle Keegan’s cockney farewell
The beauty, who plays brassy barmaid Tina McIntyre in the soap, is planning a pie and mash party. Sexy Michelle, 26, is moving 250 miles to set up home with boyfriend and former TOWIE star Mark Wright when she leaves Weatherfield in May. But she has already started drawing up a list of ideas for her leaving do – and is determined to introduce her Manchester-based co-stars to proper East End nosh.
One cast colleague confided: “She keeps banging on about all this food that we’ve heard about but have never tried. I think most of us will be able to cope with pie and mash quite easily, but it’s the other bits and bobs which sound a bit worrying. Most of us here have never tried cockles or jellied eels so it’s going to be an interesting experience.”
Michelle insists her decision to quit the famous cobbles after six years does not have anything to do with dating 26-year-old Mark, who was the runner-up in the 2011 series of I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! “I didn’t decide to leave because of Mark. I’d actually been thinking about leaving on and off for a couple of years,” said Stockport-born Michelle. Corrie chiefs are leaving the door open for Michelle to return to the Street.