Tisha and Michelle's characters live together in soap

Coronation Street star Tisha Merry was a bit intimidated by Michelle Keegan when they first met.

The actress admits she didn’t know what to say to Michelle, 26, when she joined the soap as Steph Britton last year.

Michelle is this huge, huge star in Corrie and I found it really hard to speak to her at first,’ says Tisha.

‘She’s so famous and I got really starstruck and kept thinking, “Oh gosh, don’t say anything to her unless it’s really funny,” or, “Just don’t say anything until you’re spoken to.”‘

But Tisha soon became friendly with Michelle – who plays Corrie favourite Tina McIntyre – when their characters started living together.

‘When they first told me Steph was moving in with Tina I thought they were joking,’ Tisha tells The Sun.

‘I was happy and excited obviously but a bit scared too. I was a bit intimidated – it was strange.

‘But once I got to know Michelle I realised she was a huge laugh and now acting alongside her is great.

‘Now we’re terrible. As soon as we walk on to set we’re chatting away. We talk constantly and get told off and asked to be quiet.

‘She’s brilliant – she makes me laugh the whole time.’

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Anna Francis