Mark always has a good time with he's up north with his fiancée

Michelle Keegan doesn’t worry about leaving fiancé Mark Wright on his own in Manchester when she’s filming scenes for Coronation Street.

Despite ex-TOWIE star Mark, 26, being an Essex lad, he always finds plenty of things to do to keep himself busy on trips up north.

‘With me being at work he’s on his own a lot. He has mates in Manchester, though, and he sees my family, so he’s got a better social life there than I have!’ says Michelle, 26.

‘If he’s got a few days off, he’ll visit me and we enjoy watching films, eating out – the usual!’

The smitten couple plan to live in Essex together when Michelle leaves Corrie later this year but at the moment she and Mark travel to see each other whenever they can.

Michelle hopes to nab a role in a period drama or a comedy after her character Tina McIntyre is killed off – but is also looking forward to spending more time with Mark.

‘What I do when I finish work now is go home, lock myself in the house [and] learn my lines,’ says Michelle.

‘Make a nice meal, play with my dogs, call a few friends and chat with them, then go to bed.’

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