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Tuesday 19th March 2019

Michelle Keegan says criticism affects her family more than her

Michelle Keegan has again hit back at criticism of her Our Girl character's make-up, saying while she can ignore the comments, it's harder for her family.

The former Coronation Street actress returned to the BBC One army drama last week, with medic character Georgie Lane starting a new mission overseas.

Some viewers, however, accused Michelle of wearing too much make-up on screen.

Michelle in Our Girl (Credit: BBC)

In a new interview with OK! magazine, Michelle, 31, responded to her critics by saying: "It's part of the character and it's down to a minimum.

I think it's harder for family. My mum sees things and has to bite her tongue!

"I get sweat and dirt put on me all the time, but people are always going to criticise."

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Michelle added that she's learned to "ignore" the criticism over the years, but it can still strike a chord with her family.

"I think if I'd seen negative comments ten years ago when I first started out it probably would have affected me, but now it doesn't.

"I think it's harder for family. My mum sees things and has to bite her tongue!"

Michelle said she's learned to ignore criticism over the years (Credit: Sue Andrews / Flynet - SplashNews)

Michelle previously told The Andrew Marr Show she didn't think her Our Girl character Georgie was too made up for the situations she is in.

She said earlier this month: "I have had comments about me wearing make-up but I'm actually not. I have tattooed eyebrows and straight people say 'that's not allowed in the army'.

"I can't wipe them off! A lot of my make-up was down to a minimum.

"I've met girls who work in the army and are medics and they've told me 'that's normal, you've not done anything wrong there'. You’re still representing the country."

Michelle has said she can't remove her eyebrow make-up for Our Girl because they are tattooed on! (Credit: Lia Toby/

Michelle recently told BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show she'd basically "missed a year" of her life while filming Our Girl over a period of eight months last year.

She explained: "[This series is] set in Nigeria but the episodes going out in the next few weeks were filmed in South Africa and Malaysia. It's a long way away.

"Last year, I was away for eight months. I came home in August for just two weeks, but apart from that I was out there. It was so long. It's only now I look back and think I missed a year! A year! It's madness!"

Michelle returns to Our Girl on Tuesday night (Credit: BBC)

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As well as filming Our Girl, she also found time to film an episode of ancestry show, Who Do You Think You Are?, which included travelling to Gibraltar to follow in her grandmother's footsteps.

And she's just released her latest summer collection for

Busy girl!

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