Michelle Keegan says she doesn't regret posing for lads mags but wishes they were more 'tastefully' done

MICHELLE Keegan has said she doesn't regret getting her kit off for lads mags.

The 33-year-old actress shot to fame in 2007 when she landed the role of Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street. 

During her six years on the ITV soap, she regularly stripped off to pose for the lads’ magazines popular at the time.

"I don’t regret doing them," she told You magazine.

"At the time it was the norm and I don’t think I was taken advantage of.

"But I look back now and wish they’d been done a bit more tastefully.

"Now I’m getting older, I’ve learnt I can be in control more."

Michelle also denied that working away from home for a year caused problems in her marriage to Mark Wright.

spent months away from her husband to film Our Girl in South Africa and Malaysia – sparking rumours the distance put a "strain" on her marriage.

"Going away for work is never seen as a good thing, only as a negative, and I don’t understand that," Michelle said.

"Are you seriously supposed to turn down work in case it impacts your marriage?

"I find it ridiculous. The travelling could be tiring but it was amazing.

"I remember taking off one weekend and spending it on a tropical beach and thinking, 'I’m being paid to be in another country doing something I love.'"

But while globe-trotting Michelle lived it up in sunny climes, Mark’s television presenting was based in Los Angeles – and their marriage became plagued by split rumours.

The couple now rarely talk about their relationship in public – and Michelle says this was a conscious decision.

"Around the time of our wedding, I felt we had lost control a little bit," she said.

"We were in every newspaper and magazine every week.

"I was trying to make my way in different dramas and felt like I didn’t want to be talking about my private life any more, especially when a lot of what was reported about us was false.

"So I just pulled it back. It’s nice to have something just for us, for our families and friends, and these days that’s the way it is."

After their 2015 wedding, the couple decided to stop sharing images of themselves together on social media – with rare exceptions like last January when they celebrated their fifth anniversary on holiday in Jamaica.

"Every now and then I’ll choose to share," she said.

"But again, it’s about me being in control."

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