Michelle Keegan opens up about playing 'role model to single mums'

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: (L-R) Joseph Gilgun, Michelle Keegan and Damien Molony attend the preview of Sky original Brassic, all episodes of the comedy drama available August 22 on July 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sky)
Michelle Keegan poses with co-stars Joseph Gilgun and Damien Molony at the preview screening of Sky original Brassic. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sky)

For the past three years she’s been Sergeant Georgie Lane in Our Girl. But now it’s time for UK TV audiences to see a new side to Michelle Keegan – a comedic one.

The former Corrie actress is about to star as a single mum in Sky’s new homegrown comedy Brassic – and she can’t stop talking about how inspirational her character Erin is.

“She is a role model for single mums” she told the Mirror.

Adding, “She’s fiercely independent and fiery but also emotional” too.

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Keegan admits it’s a bit of a change of pace after Our Girl, but it hasn’t felt that different, as she’s still one of the only women on set.

“It’s weird,” she explained. “In the past few years I just seem to be working with lads.

“I’ve spent so much of my time working on Our Girl, which was pretty much all guys, so Brassic didn’t feel that different, to be honest.

‘I’m used to being one of the only girls on set.”

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The new comedy has been penned by co-star Joe Gilgun. The This is England actor based the show in part on his own childhood. It was only when he starred with Dominic West in Pride that he realised it might be a rich seam of ideas.

He explained to the Mirror, “I was telling him [West] about the crazy stuff I used to get up to as a kid and the people I used to knock about with.”

“Dominic said, ‘This is hysterical. You should do a show about it’. He promised that if I got it off the ground he would be in it.

And I thought, ‘Right, well I better do it then’.”

Brassic starts on Sky One on Thursday at 10pm.