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Michelle Keegan sets her sights on Kate Middleton role

Michelle Keegan is desperate to play Kate Middleton on television, but admits she would have to work on her Manchester accent if she were to land the role.

Michelle Keegan wants to play Britain's Duchess of Cambridge in a TV tale of the future Queen's life.

The 28-year-old actress first shot to fame as Coronation Street's Tina McIntyre in 2008. She left the soap in 2014 and has since appeared in BBC show Ordinary Lies, but she has some high hopes for her small screen future - including potentially playing Catherine.

"I'd love to play her," Michelle told Closer magazine. "She's really just a normal girl at heart – well, not anymore, she gave birth to the future king.

"That film's got to be made soon, surely? But I would need to get my accent sorted!"

Michelle has a strong accent from her upbringing in Manchester.

She has recently been kept busy shooting drama Our Girl, in which she plays a corporal deployed to Kenya. She had to shoot in South Africa for the role, which meant time away from her husband, former The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright.

But coping in a long distance relationship is something Michelle is used to.

"It’s not that bad being away for so long," she insisted. "When Mark was filming recently he was away for three weeks at a time, then came for five days and was off again for three weeks.

"I think it just comes with the job. As long as we’re happy that’s all that matters. We’ll make it work.”

Another of Michelle's recent roles saw her film her first ever sex scene in the show Plebs. All this work means Michelle has become a household name over the past few years, but she admits there are a few pitfalls to being in the public eye.

“I don’t mind it when people stare or do a double take because I do it too – as long as people are polite," she said.

"The only thing I don’t like about being famous is when people start to treat you differently. People presume that because you’re in the public eye, you change. I remember going into a pub near my old house in Manchester where I used to work as a barmaid before Corrie. My dad and grandad still go there and I grew up with a lot of (the customers) and used to serve them drinks – now they don’t know what to say.”

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