The actress has been hit by the Essex effect…

Over the last five years Michelle Keegan has transformed in front of our eyes. Her debut as Coronation Street barmaid Tina McIntyre in 2008 saw her working just down the road from her close-knit Stockport family.

But in 2012 Michelle met Mark Wright and soon relocated to Essex, adapting easily to their way of life. And she hasn’t just changed physically – in fact she wouldn’t seem out of place in an episode of TOWIE these days…

Before

Family girl

Michelle has always been close to her family and brother Andrew featured a lot in her early Instagram uploads.

These days, as she becomes increasingly private about her personal life, Michelle rarely shares moments spent with her family in Manchester.

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Michelle with brother Andrew

Geeking off

She’s one of the country’s most glamorous stars and has played the lead in some of the biggest dramas in the last couple of years.

But Michelle didn’t always take herself so seriously – geeking off with her co-stars and paying tribute to Geordie queen Cheryl…

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In Ibiza with the girls

Mancunian men

Before becoming one half of Essex’s biggest power couple, Michelle was engaged and totally loved-up with fellow Mancunian and The Wanted singer Max George.

They share a love of the north but split up with Max citing his drinking as the reason.

Tacky holidays

You wouldn’t associate Michelle with raucous party breaks anymore but back in the day she was quite partial to a trip to Ibiza with the girls.

After

The Wright stuff

Almost instantly Michelle slotted in with Mark’s family, including mum Carol, dad Mark Snr, sisters Jessica and Natalya and brother Josh.

Mich is regularly pictured out and about with Jess and it seems the two of them have built up quite the Essex social circle.

Michelle’s mansion

She and Mark found their ‘dream home’ – a mansion near Brentwood – in June 2014. At the time she said: ‘It’s gorgeous. We’ve been searching for a long time.’

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Michelle at the home she shares with Mark

Glam downtime

Even at the gym Michelle manages to look amazing – and shows this off regularly to her Instagram followers. She also seems to spend a lot of time at Sheesh restaurant in Chigwell, one of Essex’s popular hotspots.

A whole new face?

Michelle has always denied having any work done but, perhaps with the use of clever make-up, she looks undeniably ‘Essex’ these days.

From her perfectly arched brows and smooth skin to her plumped pout, Mich has morphed into the perfect Brentwood wife.