Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan joins BBC1 drama Ordinary Lies

The actress will play receptionist Tracy in the series made by the people behind Happy Valley

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Michelle Keegan is to star alongside Max Beesley, Mackenzie Crook and Jo Joyner in Ordinary Lies, a new BBC1 drama written by Danny Brocklehurst.

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For Keegan, 27, this will be her first acting role since she left ITV soap Coronation Street after her character, barmaid Tina McIntyre, was murdered back in June.

The new series, which is being made by Red Production Company (Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey), will probe the secrets and lies swirling around the office of a motor showroom, where “desperation can lead to drastic solutions, even in this most everyday of workplaces”.

Keegan will be seen playing young party girl and wannabe WAG Tracy, who works on reception but dreams of a life of luxury.

Speaking today, Danny Brocklehurst, who also penned tonight’s BBC1 drama The Driver, said: “I’m delighted to have attracted such an amazing cast to Ordinary Lies. This is a show I’m truly passionate about and it’s a dream come true to be making such a bold series for BBC1. Red Production Company has a track record of making brilliant, powerful, life affirming drama and I hope Ordinary Lies continues that trend.”

Producer Tom Sherry added: “Ordinary Lies is full of gripping suspense as well as dark humour and should have audiences shouting at the screen “don’t do it!” yet also laughing along with them.  Danny’s writing is so clever because all the characters feel like friends and you can’t help but root for them despite their sometimes ludicrous choices.

“We are making a drama with great ambition both in scale and look which is reflected in the wonderful talent that will lead the cast and the skilful directors that will bring Danny’s vision to life.”

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The series, which is also set to star Jason Manford and Sally Lindsay, will be shown on BBC1 in 2015.