Michelle Keegan to play footballer Bobby Moore's wife Tina in new ITV drama series

Published Tuesday, Jun 28 2016, 10:27 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Michelle Keegan will star as footballer Bobby Moore's wife Tina in a brand new TV show about Bobby's life before and after England's success in the 1966 World Cup.

The former Coronation Street actress will star alongside Grantchester actor Lorne MacFadyen. in Tina and Bobby, a three-part drama series from ITV.

It films in Manchester this summer.

Cast of 'Plebs' attend the press launch at Covent Garden Hotel.
Michelle Keegan

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Michelle plays Bobby's wife Tina.

Grantchester' TV series, season two - 2016
Lorne MacFadyen as Phil Wilson

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Lorne, pictured on the Grantchester set.



"Most people will know the story of Bobby Moore's achievements as captain of club and country – the only Englishman ever to lift the football World Cup," said Executive Producer for ITV Studios, Kieran Roberts.

"Far fewer will know the story of his life with Tina – a love story every bit as dramatic and epic as Bobby's exploits on the pitch. We are delighted to be dramatising Tina and Bobby's amazing story for ITV and, in Michelle and Lorne, we think we have the perfect casting of the 'golden' couple and we are thrilled."

Tina and Bobby will document the couple's relationship from its "humble beginnings" as childhood sweethearts, to how Bobby's success in July 1966 impacted their lives.

Footballer Bobby Moore With His Wife Tina Moore At Buckingham Palace After He Received His Obe.
14 Feb 1967

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Bobby and Tina at Buckingham Palace in 1967, where Bobby received an OBE.



They met as teenagers when 15-year-old Tina skipped school with her cousin Jenny to attend an event at the Ilford Palais. At the time, Bobby was 17 and an emerging talent in the football world.

They're described as the "original golden couple" of football, who married in June 1962 in front of major names from the football world and went on to start a family.

But success came with its downsides, notably having to share Bobby with the rest of the world. (Some of his teammates came on honeymoon with the couple.) There was also tragedy when Bobby was diagnosed with testicular cancer just before the 1966 World Cup.

Bobby passed away in 1993, aged 51, after a battle with liver and bowel cancer.

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