Michelle Keegan is set to spend more time away from her husband Mark Wright as she lands dream role

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Michelle Keegan is set to spend more time away from her husband Mark Wright – who she has been married to since 2015 – as she has landed her dream role in new BBC period drama. 

The actress, 34, recently jetted off to Australia while teasing an exciting project which has now been revealed as new six-part series Ten Pound Poms. 

The show will tell the story of a group of British migrants who swap post-war Britain for Australia in the mid-1950s.

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Opportunities: Michelle Keegan is set to spend more time away from her husband Mark Wright - who she has been married to since 2015 - as she has landed her dream role in new BBC period drama

Opportunities: Michelle Keegan is set to spend more time away from her husband Mark Wright – who she has been married to since 2015 – as she has landed her dream role in new BBC period drama

A friend of Michelle’s told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: ‘Michelle has always had one big dream, which is appearing in a period drama and ‘Ten Pound Poms’ will let her dip her toe in those past times.’

The project will see Michelle once again team up with writer Danny Brocklehurst, who worked with the star on ‘Ordinary Lies’ – her first TV drama after she departed Coronation Street in 2014 – and Sky comedy Brassic, in which she plays Erin Croft.

Danny has told how the show asks questions about ‘success and failure, identity, parenthood and belonging’.

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New role: The actress, 34, recently jetted off to Australia while teasing an exciting project which has now been revealed as new six-part series Ten Pound Poms

New role: The actress, 34, recently jetted off to Australia while teasing an exciting project which has now been revealed as new six-part series Ten Pound Poms

He explained: ‘It is a big, bold character piece about what it means to start again, to be an outsider in a new land. It asks questions about success and failure, identity, parenthood and belonging.

‘The assisted migration programme is a little-known part of British and Australian history but offers endless stories about the people who travelled to the other side of the world in search of a better life.’

From 1945 to 1972 more than a million UK migrants relocated to Australia to help populate the country, through a scheme devised by the Australian and British governments, and they became known as the Ten Pound Poms.

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A friend of Michelle's told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: 'Michelle has always had one big dream, which is appearing in a period drama and 'Ten Pound Poms' will let her dip her toe in those past times.'

A friend of Michelle’s told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: ‘Michelle has always had one big dream, which is appearing in a period drama and ‘Ten Pound Poms’ will let her dip her toe in those past times.’

Michelle and Mark have previously spent as long as eight months apart at a time due to their intense work schedules.

Mark also recently landed himself his ‘dream’ role, which he is set to star in alongside his two best friends.

The former TOWIE star, 35, will host the new show A Wright Old Adventure alongside his dad Mark senior and younger brother Josh.

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The star is set to explore Britain’s attractions and take on fun activities in the family series, but there was no mention of Michelle being involved. 

Exciting: Mark has landed himself his 'dream' role, which he is set to star in alongside his two best friends - his dad Mark senior and younger brother Josh

Exciting: Mark has landed himself his ‘dream’ role, which he is set to star in alongside his two best friends – his dad Mark senior and younger brother Josh

It was previously reported that Mark quit an upcoming ITV show The Real Games last minute via text message to spend more time with Michelle. 

A source told Closer magazine: ‘Working together has been something Michelle and Mark have been talking about for a long time and after agreeing to do The Real Games, Mark realised it could be a big mistake given he’d be cementing his image as a ‘reality star’ rather than detaching himself from that world.

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‘That’s something he wants to keep in the past so he can carve out his new career path with Michelle as a power couple.

‘He and Michelle have also spent long chunks of time apart during their marriage, so he also turned it down to spend as much time as possible with her.’

They added: ‘Mark’s made a sacrifice to spend more time with Michelle and to work on their new career, but that decision has backfired if ITV really has blacklisted him.’

Sacrifice: It was previously reported that Mark quit an upcoming ITV show The Real Games last minute via text message to spend more time with Michelle

Sacrifice: It was previously reported that Mark quit an upcoming ITV show The Real Games last minute via text message to spend more time with Michelle

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The couple have nearly completed work on their huge mansion with the driveway shown to be almost finished in new snaps.

Michelle and Mark – who are estimated to have a net worth of £12million – have been documenting the construction process after purchasing the original property for £1.3million in October 2019.

And now it looks as though they are nearing the end, as the driveway was put in this week.

Several steps have been positioned leading up to the entrance, where there is a long patio, while they have begun landscaping around the property.

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Almost there: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have nearly completed work on their huge mansion with the driveway shown to be almost finished in new snaps

Almost there: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have nearly completed work on their huge mansion with the driveway shown to be almost finished in new snaps

Due to various lockdowns and Covid restrictions, construction has been stop- start after they demolished a farmhouse and began building a five-bedroom mansion complete with bar, gym and granny annexe.

The couple won planning approval for the colossal building project back in January 2020 – and it looks like it’ll be over two years after that date until they can move in.

Construction experts have estimated the demolition and rebuild of the home will cost around £3.5million.

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Stunning: Several steps have been positioned leading up to the entrance, where there is a long patio, while they have begun landscaping around the property

Stunning: Several steps have been positioned leading up to the entrance, where there is a long patio, while they have begun landscaping around the property

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