Michelle Keegan has opened up about her imposter syndrome – but what exactly is it?

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Actress Michelle Keegan, 33, recently opened about imposter syndrome, admitting it’s something she’s struggled with since getting into the acting industry some 13 years ago.

The former Coronation Street star, who is best known for her role as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, told Cosmopolitan that when she got the job on the famed soap she thought: “I shouldn’t be here.”

She continued to tell Cosmo: “I was a huge Corrie fan, as was my whole family, so it was a big deal. I thought, ‘I’m going to get outed here. I shouldn’t be here.’ Even to this day I still have a bit of imposter syndrome, [like] someone is going to find you out; you shouldn’t be here. Acting is so new to my life.”

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And it’s for this reason that the star “never takes any job for granted,” whilst admitting that having attention from the paparazzi at the age of 20 was “very daunting.”

So what exactly is imposter syndrome?

Dr Lucy Viney – Clinical Psychologist and Co-founder of The Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic spoke exclusively to OK! Online to explain it.

“Imposter syndrome was first described by psychologists, Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance, in the 1970s,” she began. Continuing: “Imposter Syndrome isn’t a mental illness per se – it’s more of a psychological pattern that presents itself through persistent feelings of doubt and insecurity.

“It often occurs amongst high achieving and accomplished individuals who struggle to internalize and accept their success. They typically attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability and experience a lingering, underlying fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud.”

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A whole host of stars have opened up about suffering from imposter syndrome. In 2009, Titanic actress Kate Winslet told The Mirror: “Over the years, the stakes have become higher for me. Sometimes I wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and I think, I can’t do this. I’m a fraud.”

Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has also shared those same sentiments: “It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, ‘any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved,'" the star told Rookie magazine in 2013.

Michelle, who is married to The Only Way Is Essex hunk Mark Wright, has been inundated with work as of late, with roles in Sky comedy Brassic and BBC drama Our Girl.

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During her Coronation Street days, Michelle had an annual salary of £60,000, and since leaving in 2014 her career has gone from strength to strength.

The star took on a part in BBC drama Ordinary Lies, as well as playing footballer Bobby Moore’s wife in ITV drama, Tina and Bobby.

The brunette beauty has modelled for various clothing and beauty brands too, including Revlon makeup and high street fashion label Lipsy which is said to pay around £250,000 a year alone.

She also endorses Garnier’s Ambre Solarie self-tanning products which reportedly earn her £150,000.

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