BBC1’s Our Girl to return with Michelle Keegan starring

Former ‘Corrie’ star lands lead in BBC drama

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BBC One military drama Our Girl is to return for a new 5-part series without its former lead Lacey Turner.

Instead former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan will take the helm as army medic Corporal Georgie Lane on a dangerous ­mission in Kenya.

The first series, written by Tony Grounds, attracted 6.3 ­million viewers, and followed Turner as Molly Dawes, an army medic in Afghanistan.

Keegan said: “I’m a massive fan of the series so I can’t wait to be a part of it. It’s going to be a big but exciting ­challenge for me.”

A BBC spokesman told the Sunday People: “It won’t be an easy posting as she has to earn the love and trust of her fellow soldiers, and the greater respect of her commanding officer, while ­working alongside aid workers in the world’s biggest refugee camp.”

“Kenya will be full of surprises that will challenge Georgie professionally and personally.”

A BBC source said: “Michelle ticks every box – she’s talented and hugely popular.”

Our Girl series 2 will begin filming abroad in January, for transmission on BBC One in late 2016.