Keegan admits in the new issue of Radio Times that while she can’t quite keep pace with the real-life military advisers who work on the BBC1 series, there’s one aspect to her job she’s more than capable of performing.
“I couldn’t stand the early mornings!” she said when asked how acting compares to the Army. “Although I’m up early at the minute, we’ve had two military advisers with us since day one and before they start working at six in the morning they’re in the gym at half four. They train every single day without fail. I couldn’t do that.”
So, if she’s not a fan of the early starts, what is Keegan’s favourite part of filming Our Girl?
“What I do like is rolling around getting dirty while filming,” she said. “I always tell them to put more dirt on my face, it’s really liberating.”
She added that she’s become used to not being able to ‘glam up’ during filming: “I haven’t painted my nails for months because in the Army they have to have really short nails for hygiene reasons. Every day put grease in my hair to make it look sweaty and I have it up in a French plait. I love not wearing make-up here – but after a while it’s nice to have a pamper sesh!”
Our Girl heads to Nepal in the upcoming third series, with a four-part story focusing on disaster relief following an earthquake.