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Michelle Keegan: 'My Plebs sex scene was fun!'

Published 23/03/2016

Michelle Keegan
Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan relished the opportunity to do something completely out of her comfort zone by starring in ITV2 comedy Plebs.

Michelle Keegan found shooting her Plebs sex scene "nerve-wracking".

The 28-year-old actress is most well known for playing Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, but left the ITV soap in 2014 to pursue other opportunities. Since then she has starred in BBC drama Ordinary Lies, but can soon be seen displaying an entirely different set of acting skills in ITV2 comedy Plebs.

She plays Ursula in the show, with her feisty character indulging in a sex scene with Joel Fry's character Stylax. Michelle admits she suffered some nerves ahead of shooting the raunchy footage, but her co-star soon put her at ease.

"It was fine, actually. I was playing it with Joel and he was so lovely," Michelle told The Sun newspaper's TV Biz. "It was one of the first scenes we did. It was nerve-racking but he was so relaxed and calm that it helped me. Then afterwards I was like, 'Is that it?'

"It was really nothing to be bothered about. Now I can say I’ve been in a sex scene and it was actually quite fun. I certainly wouldn’t mind doing it again if it was a role like that. I wouldn’t be as nervous."

Despite the adult nature of the scene, Michelle admits it's a far cry from Fifty Shades of Grey. And while she frequently features on world's sexiest lists, the actress says even her most loyal male fans won't get too "hot under the collar" by watching the scene.

"I have watched a bit of it and it lasts, like, two minutes," she laughed.

Michelle wed former The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright last May (15). She also revealed that her spouse wasn't bothered about the sex scene because he is such a huge fan of the award-winning comedy.

"Mark was fine about it. He knows Plebs - he’s a big fan actually," she added. "So he knew what I had to do in it and thought it was really funny."

Following on from Plebs, Michelle is hoping she will get offered more comedic roles as she loved doing something so different.

"I have always done dramas where I have been crying and screaming, so it was nice to do something totally different and a bit out of my comfort zone," she said.

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