Michelle Keegan reveals she used to ‘scavenge and steal food’

She’s estimated to have a jaw-dropping net worth of £12million when combined with husband Mark Wright.

However, Michelle Keegan has revealed that she wasn’t always so wealthy, and used to steal food as a child in order to eat during her deprived upbringing in Greater Manchester.

The actress, 34, dubbed herself a ‘little pest’, adding that her mum Jackie would also swipe the leftovers from her job as a school dinner lady for her own table at home.

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Shock! Michelle Keegan has revealed she used to steal food as a child in order to eat, during her deprived upbringing in Greater Manchester

The former Coronation Street star explained she became very familiar with jumping over garden fences, where her neighbours would give her bread and ice cream.

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She told The Mirror, ‘I lived next to a lady and gent called Pat and Martin and I used to climb over their fence. I remember the bread they would give me. The cut was so thick it was like a door stopper.

‘On the other side, I had Brenda and Barry and they used to get me ice cream with a Flake. I used to climb over the other fence to get my ice cream off them.’

Kind: The former Coronation Street star (right) explained she became very familiar with jumping over garden fences, where her neighbours would give her bread and ice cream

Hilarious: The actress, 34, dubbed herself a ‘little pest’, adding that her mum Jackie (right) would also swipe the leftovers from her job as a school dinner lady for her own table at home

Michelle went as far as to help herself to produce from nearby farmers’ fields where she would ‘nick vegetables’ all the time.

‘They used to grow lettuces, carrots and potatoes. We never used to go to the supermarket. We were nicking vegetables off that farmer. Climbing over fences getting food,’ she concluded. 

It’s a far cry from Michelle’s life now, as she prepares to move into her ‘£3.5million’ dream home in Essex. 

Eye-watering: She and husband Mark Wright are estimated to have a jaw-dropping net worth of £12million (pictured in 2020)

Her husband Mark, 34, recently revealed ‘exciting’ progress is being made on the property, with the star taking to Instagram on Wednesday to share footage.

Posting on his and Michelle’s home improvements account, Mark, panned his camera around the hollowed-out property, explaining that ‘the scaffolding it coming down’. 

The couple have been documenting the construction process after purchasing the original property for £1.3million in October 2019. 

‘The scaffolding is coming down’: Posting on his and Michelle’s home improvements account, Mark, panned his camera around the hollowed-out property, explaining that ‘the scaffolding it coming down’

Offering his fans a tour of the ‘busy’ construction site, Mark said in full: ‘It’s a really busy day on site today. [The] fencing’s all going up down the side. [The] scaffolding is coming down on the front which is exciting.

‘They are clearing out a lot of the driveway so we can start flattening that. Still plastering inside, getting the hallway done.’

The former TOWIE start concluded: ‘People up on the top floor tiling, and now we’re choosing paint colours. Where do we start?’ 

Impressive: Progress is being made on the famous couple’s new home in Essex as new aerial pictures show the stunning exterior taking shape

Tour: Offering his fans a tour of the ‘busy’ construction site, Mark said: ‘It’s a really busy day on site today’

Despite months of delays due to the Covid pandemic, their five-bedroom mansion is beginning to resemble their architectural model, with builders also having put in the windows late last month. 

Marking the turning point in the build, Mark wrote: ‘The windows are in!! What a moment!!

‘We are nearly in the dry!! @homehubgroup smashed it!! Thank you so much for helping us create what we’ve always wanted.’

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, granny annexe and outdoor swimming pool.

The former TOWIE star and Our Girl actress 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.

They purchased the original property for £1.3million in October 2019 and in January 2020 it was revealed that they were demolishing the farmhouse.

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

Incredible: Their house is in the process of being build and will come complete with five bedrooms, a bar, gym and an outdoor swimming pool as well a granny annexe (pictured is the CGI model of the final property)

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  • Michelle Keegan admits she was once as skint as her character and would steal food – Mirror Online