Ahead of her upcoming final episode of Coronation Street, Michelle Keegan has been talking about leaving the ITV soap, describing her exit storyline as "amazing".
Was it a hard decision for you to leave?
Yes. I first thought about it about two years ago when I'd been in the show for four years, but I realised I wasn't quite ready. When my contract then came to be renewed again, I knew it was either now or never. It took me a long time to come to a final decision.
Was there anyone you discussed it with in the cast before you decided?
I talked it over quite a lot with Kate Kelly (who played Becky), both before and after she left the show. She always said, 'When the time is right you'll know'. That's what happened with me - the time felt right.
Were you shocked when you found out Tina was being killed?
I was shocked. Initially we thought that the door would be left open for her, which I think is every actor's ideal scenario. A few months later the producers came up with this amazing exit storyline for Tina - that she was going to be killed! My heart stopped when I first found out. I do completely understand why she's being killed, though - it's an amazing storyline and it will affect so many characters on the Street for the next year.
Do you know about the outcome of the story? How will the viewers feel about it?
I don't want to give too much away, but whichever of the four endings we use, I think the viewers will completely get it and see why things happen the way they do. I think it's so interesting and it's going to be so exciting for the viewers. It'll keep them guessing!
What are you most proud of from your time at Corrie?
To be honest, I'm just proud that I'm still here six-and-a-half years on. I came in as a new actor; this was my very first acting job. I didn't even know what a camera looked like before I started here! It was also a big achievement to win Best Newcomer - winning that award made me feel accepted as a young actor.
What are your Corrie highlights?
Working in the Rovers - that has been so great because it's so iconic. I absolutely loved working with Reece Dinsdale, who played Tina's dad. We got on so well and him leaving was so sad. Working with the Platts has been amazing - I always feel at home there. I'm so used to being in their house. Giving birth was great too, especially without the pain! (Laughs) I've had so many great storylines, it's hard to pick out just one!
Do you think you could ever be tempted to another soap?
I can't see myself in any other soap, no. I'm a Corrie girl!
If you could sum up your time on the show, how would you describe it?
I was able to live out my dream here, for six-and-a-half years, which is amazing.