Michelle to star as Bobby Moore’s wife Tina for ITV
Michelle is set to star in yet another much anticipated series, chronicling the life of legendary England captain Bobby Moore, in which she will play the sportsman’s wife, Tina.
ITV confirmed she will feature opposite 26-year-old actor Lorne MacFadyen – who is best to known to viewers from Grantchester – in a new drama series to be filmed in Manchester this summer.
After England won the World Cup in July 1966, the captain and his wife were catapulted to national fame and became the country’s original golden couple.
Tina And Bobby relates the story of the England and West Ham legend’s life with his childhood sweetheart from their humble beginnings to the heights of stardom.
Mark Wright’s wife will be joined on set by Holby City and Emmerdale’s Patsy Kensit, who will play Tina’s mother Betty and David Bamber, who takes on the role of England Manager Alf Ramsey.
The three episode drama is based on Tina’s memoir, Bobby Moore: By The Person Who Knew Him Best.
Growing up in Essex, Tina first met Bobby aged just 15 when he was 17 and four years later the couple married in June 1962.
Former West Ham and Manchester United full back Noel Cantwell was best man and other guests included football manager Malcolm Allison and the entire West Ham team.
In 1965 the footballing star was diagnosed with testicular cancer and his captaincy of the national side a mere year before the World Cup hung in the balance.
But, against all the odds, he fought his way back to fitness and led the England team to their first and only World Cup triumph.
ITV Studios executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said: ‘Most people will know the story of Bobby Moore’s achievements as captain of club and country – the only Englishman ever to lift the football World Cup.
‘Far fewer will know the story of his life with Tina – a love story every bit as dramatic and epic as Bobby’s exploits on the pitch.
‘We are delighted to be dramatising Tina and Bobby’s amazing story for ITV and, in Michelle and Lorne, we think we have the perfect casting of the golden couple and we are thrilled.’