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Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Corrie)

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Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Corrie)
Coronation Street's Tina McIntrye - played by 21-year-old Michelle Keegan - has been caught between a rock and hard place since her boyfriend David (Jack P. Shepherd) asked her to lie to the police for him following his viscious fight with neighbour Gary Windass (Mikey North). With Gary's freedom at stake and Tina unsure what to do, the situation quickly becomes too much for her to handle. Running away just days before the trial, David and the rest of the family panic as to her whereabouts. Will Tina turn up in time to testify? And if she does, will she tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? We caught up with Michelle to find out more.

Why does Tina run away from all of her problems?
"She just can't take it anymore. She's only young and to have the weight of the court case on her shoulders as well as worrying about her dad's financial troubles takes its toll on her. Her dad's trying to get her to tell the truth and her boyfriend's asking her to lie for him - she just doesn't know what to do for the best. At the end of the day, all she cares about is her family."

What's the thing that pushes her over the edge?
"I just don't think anyone understands her situation. And it frustrates her when all David has to say is 'you only have to lie'."

She's caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. What's her heart telling her to do?
"Tina's definitely has a conscience and morals. The whole situation is something that she's not taking very lightly at all, whereas David doesn't think twice about lying. They say opposites attract, though, don't they?!"

Does she truly love David?
"Yeah. But I think with situations like this, though, she starts to see his true colours."

Does she have any feelings for Gary?
"I don't think so. She probably sees that Gary's just as bad as David in the whole situation. She realises that she's been used as a pawn in their petty battle, which is something that she's not taking too lightly."

Do you think she'll ever see Gary in a different light?
"I think she definitely likes the attention from him, but I don't think she looks at anyone else because she's with David. That's the kind of girl she is - she's definitely the faithful type."

What happens during trial week?
"Well obviously Tina's run away from it all but while she's away from the Street, she knows that the problem's still going to be there when she gets back – and realises that it'll be even worse if she doesn't attend court. It's a real dilemma for her, but Tina being Tina does the right thing and turns up in the nick of time."

David's happy, then?
"Yeah, but for the wrong reason. All David's happy about is that Tina's actually made it to the court in time. He's not best pleased, though, when he hears what she has to say…"

In the aftermath of it all, where does this leave Tina and David as a couple?
"Their relationship begins to spiral straight away and David's jealously returns. It's too much for Tina and she's pushed over the edge."

There's a huge web of lies that's been spun by the Platts and McIntryes. Will it ever unravel?
"In real life the truth always comes out, so everything's got to surface at some point. It has to."

How does it feel to have been thrust to the centre of the show?
"It's very daunting. When I heard, I just remember thinking 'oh my God, can I actually do this?' So it's really scary, but at the same time, I just feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of the show and to have been handed such fantastic storylines."

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