The Our Girl stars are texting ahead of the new series…

With filming for the third series of BBC drama Our Girl about to start in South Africa, the cast are getting ready to leave the UK and Michelle Keegan and Luke Pasqualino are back in touch – something her husband, reality TV star Mark Wright, 30, could understandably find difficult.

The last series saw Michelle, 29, spend several months away from their marital home in Essex while immersing herself in Georgie Lane, the character she plays.

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And of course there’s her good-looking co-star Luke Pasqualino, 26, with whom she has a very close friendship – and with whom she shared a steamy sex scene in a previous episode. Now understands the pair have already met up to discuss the new series, in which Luke plays her love interest Elvis Harte.

Our source tells us: ‘They’re mates and have been in touch through text messages and have also met up a few times. Luke has been busy filming the TV drama Snatch and independent film Smartass and Michelle wanted to catch up with him as it’s been a while since they got together.’

Luke Pasqualino

Of course, Michelle and Luke’s friendship has been the subject of much speculation.

Reports claimed that Luke missed the press launch of the show in September in order to avoid any awkwardness following the suggestions that Michelle’s marriage was under strain due to her working relationship with him – although the official reason given for his no-show was ‘work commitments’.

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Pictures of the pair cosying up on set when the camera wasn’t rolling also fanned the flames.

Our insider tells Now: ‘It was hard for Mark – like it would be for any guy sitting at home seeing all the speculation, knowing it is all bogus and

not being there with her – and it will undoubtedly be hard for him again when she flies off to film and the rumour mill goes back into overdrive.

Michelle and Luke getting together to discuss their upcoming roles is no surprise but for Mark it’s likely to stir up feelings once again – the thought of her being away for so long is really hard and could mean her missing their second wedding anniversary on 24 May.

‘Michelle is incredibly ambitious and she will want this series to be as big a hit as the last. That means her knuckling down and working and she just doesn’t need any distractions.’