Cheryl impressed Michelle in Corrie cameo

Michelle Keegan has found a new BFF in Cheryl Cole.

The pair met when Chezza, 30, filmed a cameo on Coronation Street for a Text Santa charity sketch last year and the girls got on so well that they swapped numbers.

‘I really enjoyed her company,’ says Michelle, 26.

‘I think I spent most of the day just sat with her talking. I’ve always thought really highly of Cheryl but I’d never actually met her properly.

‘But she was really nice and she’s a genuine Coronation Street fan. She’s a proper northern girl, really down to earth, and she made everyone feel at ease.

‘I think she was [starstruck] when she met Norris [Malcolm Hebden] – she was laughing at him a little bit. But she just got on with everyone.’

Michelle gave Cheryl some advice about acting but was impressed with her natural abilities.

‘I just said, “Do it how you would do it, be normal” and she did,’ Mark Wright‘s girl says.

‘To be fair, she didn’t need tips because she was really, really good.

‘We did a few takes, but she knew her lines. She’s a professional, isn’t she?’

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Anna Francis