As fans of Coronation Street will know, in last night’s episode, we saw Tina McIntyre going into labour. She is of course carrying a baby for Gary Windass (Mikey North) and Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston).
However, while many of the cast members have been cooing over the newborn infant – Gary and Izzy are set to name the premature baby boy Jake – Michelle Keegan, who of course plays Tina, has been somewhat put off becoming a mum in real life.
Speaking to The Sun’s TV Biz, she explained, “I love babies, but working with a newborn has changed my outlook…
“I’m now thinking I’m not ready yet — give me a few more years.”
Michelle has of course had to wear a prosthetic ‘baby bump’ for the storyline, and she explained that seeing photos of her wearing it perturbed her family.
She said, “It freaked my family out. I remember sending my dad a picture of me in the mirror holding my belly — and saying: ‘Dad, I’ve got something to tell you… ’
“He texted back, saying: ‘Don’t be so stupid!’”
“I did not send a picture to Mark.”
And of how the plotline might affect her sex appeal – Michelle was of course voted Sexiest Female for the fifth year running at this year’s British Soap Awards – Michelle said, “When people watch the scenes of me giving birth I think they’ll look at me totally differently…
“I was so nervous about the birth. When I found out I was going to be pregnant, that was the one thing I was dreading.
“I did lots of research, I spoke to a lot of women who gave birth and also I watched One Born Every Minute on the telly.”
Michelle added, “It took about two hours to film and we did it six times.
“I hope it’s that easy when I give birth — it was painless.”
We’ll see those scenes in this week’s episodes, but for now, here’s a look at Michelle on the red carpet at the BSAs…