Michelle Keegan salutes new lead role in Our Girl series two

The former Coronation Street actress will take over from EastEnders' Lacey Turner in a second round of the hit BBC drama about female medics in the army

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BBC1 war drama Our Girl has a new recruit: Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan

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The show’s writer Tony Grounds confirmed that Keegan will star in the second series of the BBC drama about female army medics when he tweeted “Well ummm good evening @michkeegan I guess our secret is out! #OurGirl”.

The former Coronation Street actress will replace EastEnders’ Lacey Turner, who starred in the first series as Molly Dawes, a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps deployed to Afghanistan.

The show will see Keegan, who recently featured in hit BBC1 drama Ordinary Lies, play Corporal Georgie Lane on a dangerous ­mission in Kenya.

The big casting news confirms that there will indeed be a series two. After an initial one-off episode, there was a full series broadcast in 2014. When it ended, fans called for a second series to be commissioned, but there had been no confirmation – until now. 

The drama, which also starred Kerry Godliman and Ben Aldridge, had enormous fan support along with its critical acclaim, and even went head to head with Sherlock in the Radio Times TV Champion last year. In an interview with Grounds, he told RadioTimes.com that he thought the show had garnered such support because of its varied, female-led cast.

“The viewers have taken this to their hearts. We’ve got a young, diverse female audience which is fantastic – we’re the only ones with a female lead and our cast is incredibly diverse.”

Keegan’s character Georgie Lane sounds like she’s in for a gruelling time in Kenya as she battles to help refugees in the world’s biggest refugee camp, alongside aid workers and fellow soldiers.

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Series two will begin filming in January next year according to The Mirror, ready for broadcast in late 2016.