Michelle Keegan 'house-hunting in South Africa' as she prepares to spend eight more months away from Mark Wright for Our Girl filming
Michelle Keegan is reportedly house-hunting in South Africa as she prepares to spend eight months away from her husband Mark Wright.
The brunette beauty is said to be looking for a swanky pad in Cape Town where she films the third series of the hit BBC drama Our Girl, in which she plays the role of Georgie Lane.
The 29-year-old wants a 'modern, airy flat' in Sea Point, Clifton or Camps Bay areas of Cape Town, according to The Sun on Sunday.
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Jetsetter: Michelle Keegan is reportedly house-hunting in South Africa as she prepares to spend eight months away from her husband Mark Wright
A source told the newspaper: 'The producers have warned that filming could take as long as eight months so she doesn't want to be stuck in hotels like she was during the second series.'
Despite having to spend so long away from home, Michelle - who celebrates her second anniversary with Mark in May - is looking forward to reprising the role of Georgie for her second turn in the BBC drama.
The source said: 'Michelle is looking forward to getting started. She gets on really well with the crew and has become one of the lads onset, so being away from home for so long shouldn't be a huge deal.
New horizons: A source told The Sun On Sunday: 'Mark comes to visit occasionally but Michelle tends to get so immersed in the filming that I think she's happy to be left alone'
Tough gal: The former Coronation Street star is expected to fly out to South Africa in March and will reportedly be filming the 10-episode series until November
'Mark comes to visit occasionally but Michelle tends to get so immersed in her character and the filming that I think she's happy to be left alone for the most part.'
A representative for Michelle Keegan has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
The former Coronation Street star is expected to fly out to South Africa in March and will reportedly be filming the 10-episode series until November.
Michelle previously admitted to being overwhelmed by the positive response to Our Girl from the public.
She said: 'The reaction to the show has been overwhelming and I'm really thankful to everyone who's watched and supported it.
'It was an amazing experience filming with such an incredible group of people and I can't wait to do it all over again.'
Army chic: Michelle was said to get on so well with the Our Girl crew that it stopped her feeling homesick
Meanwhile after taking on a number of projects since her 2014 departure from Coronation Street, Michelle has revealed that she's eager to play a villain next.
During a Facebook live appearance for Glamour Magazine UK on Wednesday, the brunette beauty expressed a desire to dent her popularity, explaining: 'I want to do a really dark role next, not a villain but something dangerous.
'I’ve always been a well liked actor and I would love to make people hate me.'
She also spoke about her acclaimed turn as Lance Corporal Georgie Lane, and what fans can expect in the upcoming season.
'It’s going to be 10 episodes,' she said. 'Last series was only five, it’s going to double. It will be set abroad.
'I’m the only who has been signed, we don’t know who’s coming back, but hopefully the boys will be. I want them back.'
Trouble in paradise? The pair’s 18-month marriage came under scrutiny this year as Michelle filmed Our Girl over several months in South Africa – away from Mark
Away from her busy filming schedule, the screen star is also enjoying a happy home life with her husband Mark.
The former TOWIE star has promised her an 'amazing' Christmas with all the trimmings in his native Essex - and with recent claims that she's 'broody', it could be their last alone.
The Mancunian beauty and her other half have vowed to spend the holiday together with Mark declaring it will be one to be remembered.
Most recently, Michelle admitted that she was starting to feel broody, one year into their marriage.
She said on the red carpet at last week's Pride Of Britain Awards: 'I love children. I always say I'm broody. We're not planning anything just yet.'
Mark's assurance comes hot on the heels of wife Michelle’s assurance that all is well within the pair’s 18-month marriage which came under scrutiny this year as the former Corrie star filmed Our Girl over several months in South Africa – away from Mark.
'Fun in the sun with this one': Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan enjoyed a holiday away together in October
‘I find the speculation frustrating,’ Michelle told The Mirror, adding: ‘Yeah, I did get married, but I can work as well.’
Speak of a split comes after rumours surfaced claiming Michelle was growing increasingly close to her Our Girl co-star Luke Pasqualino, who plays maverick Special Forces officer Elvis Harte.
The show launched at a swanky bash in London in September, where the stunning actress ensured her wedding ring was in full focus during the recent launch party, Luke, who is reportedly dating Little Mix's Perrie Edwards, was nowhere to be seen.
Reports surfaced claiming Luke had dodged the premiere in a bid to avoid questions about their union, although representatives for BBC and Luke told MailOnline his absence was down to work commitments.
'One of the lads': A source said Michelle got on really well with all the male characters on the army drama
Exciting: Despite having to spend so long away from home, Michelle - who celebrates her second anniversary with Mark in May - is looking forward to reprising the role of Georgie
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