Corrie's Michelle always has a great time with the Wrights

Michelle Keegan has become very close to fianc√© Mark Wright‘s family.

The couple, both 26, spend lots of time at Mark‘s parents’ pad in Essex and Coronation Street actress Michelle loved celebrating Christmas with his loved ones last month.

‘It was the first time in my life I’d been away from home. But his family are so lovely and I got on with them straight away,’ says Michelle.

‘Their house is now my second home. From day one I felt really welcome.’

Manchester-born Michelle plans to move down south with Mark when she leaves Corrie later this year but at the moment the smitten pair travel to see each other whenever they can.

They enjoyed a romantic night together in Mancunian boutique hotel Malmaison this week, which ex-TOWIE hunk Mark described on Twitter as ‘great’.

Michelle knows she’ll miss the north west when she leaves but is excited to move in with her future husband and knows she’ll stay in touch with her pals.

‘I love Manchester and it will always be my home. I’ve told my best friends and family it’s likely I’ll see them more because this past year I’ve been working so much,’ says Michelle.

‘I used to go and see my mum in my lunch break at Corrie, I’ll miss that. But again, they’ll visit me and I will go back to Manchester a lot.’

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Anna Duff