CORONATION Street star Michelle Keegan was still shaking when she came off stage after being voted Best Newcomer.
Clutching a glass of champagne in her left hand, the overwhelmed young actress said: “I just can’t believe it.
“It’s happened so fast. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.”
Having interviewed Michelle last week for Friday’s MEN awards preview, I was particularly pleased to see her win.
Although her character – teen rebel Tina McIntyre – has been on screen for just four months, Michelle has made a big impression.
“I didn’t expect to win. I thought the nomination would be it. It was just amazing being up for the nomination. So I had no expectations to win. It’s amazing,” she added, finally managing a sip of her bubbly.
The Salford actress then explained how she’d gone for the Corrie audition simply to gain experience of the process.
“I wasn’t that nervous because I didn’t think I was going to get it.”
Confirming that the award would be going on her mantlepiece, she added: I’m still shell-shocked.
“It’s going to be an amazing night.”
Having earlier posed with co-star Antony Cotton, Michelle paid tribute to Jack P Shepherd, who plays on-off screen boyfriend David Platt.
“He’s really lovely and he’s really helped me settle in.”
I later asked Jack about Michelle’s win.
“I’m over the moon for her,” he replied
“It’s been really hard for her because she’s come straight into it and had a storyline straight away and she hasn’t really stopped working.
“So I think she’s done a really good job and I think she deserved it tonight.”
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