Only place is Essex for soap star

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MICHELLE Keegan is quitting Manchester when she leaves Coronation Street next year and setting up home in Essex with boyfriend Mark Wright.

The actress, who plays Tina McIntyre in the ITV soap, said her decision to leave was not down to her romance with The Only Way Is Essex star.

She told Hello! magazine the couple were going to “start house hunting after Christmas”. The 26-year-old said: “We’ll have been together for over a year by then and we’ll look at areas around Essex, so it’s easy to travel to
London. I am really excited about it.

“I didn’t decide to leave because of Mark. It’s just how things have worked out. I’d actually been thinking about leaving on and off for a couple of years.”