Tuesday 26 March 2019

Michelle so proud of her suffragette roots

Michelle Keegan
Michelle Keegan

Actress Michelle Keegan has said that discovering more about the life of her suffragette great-great-grandmother and her links to the female suffrage movement's leader Emmeline Pankhurst has changed her world view.

Keegan will appear in an episode of the BBC's genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday.

"I've come from a very strong line of women. My grandma was very strong, my mum was very strong," Keegan said on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.


"It sort of makes sense that these women are part of me and it's given me that oomph to go forward and represent strong women."

Keegan (31) plays army medic Lance Corporal Georgie Lane in the drama series Our Girl.

She was asked by Marr whether she had received any comments about funding cuts to the armed forces as a result of appearing in the programme.

"I have seen what's been going on and I think the Government should be pumping more money into the British army," said Keegan.

"They not only fight for our country but they help countries all around the world."

The former Coronation Street star said she often receives messages from young women on social media telling her they have been inspired to join the military after watching Our Girl.

Marr suggested that the programme showed life in the army in an overly positive light, and so could be seen as a form of propaganda.

"No, I think when people think about the armed forces it's as people on the front line battling, fighting, shooting guns, when in fact they do a lot of humanitarian missions as well," said Keegan.

She also rejected suggestions and complaints that the show is unrealistic because she wears make-up while portraying her military character.

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