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Michelle Keegan reveals secret struggle with body confidence

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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

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It's hard to believe that Michelle Keegan struggled with low confidence.

But the beautiful actress has said that the intense scrutiny around her appearance took its toll during her early years in the spotlight.

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During her start as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, the glamorous fashionista was targeted by fans who criticised her appearance onscreen.

"t used to affect me more a few years ago, whereas now if I'm feeling good in myself that's all that matters," she said.

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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright attends the British Soap Awards at Hackney Empire

"It wasn't me, it was the character. When I saw myself on screen I didn't think, 'Oh, I look awful'," she added.

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"A lot of people were slagging me off and mentioning my looks but I didn't care. Sometimes it's hard but I've learned to rise above it now."

Michelle, who is engaged to former TOWIE star Mark Wright, is often lauded as one of the most beautiful women in showbiz.

And as the face of Lipsy London, she looked more confident than ever in front of the camera as she modelled the brand's Autumn/Winter '14 collection.

"I love winter - Christmas is my favourite time of year so I couldn’t wait to get back into the design room to create some classic winter pieces," she said of the designs.

"This capsule range is a real mix of all of the looks and styles that I love to wear at this time of year and I hope everyone will love them just as much as I do."

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