Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan looks a real picture in a photographic recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The actress, who plays feisty Tina McIntyre in the ITV1 soap, was transformed into the subject of the 500-year-old portrait to promote a travelling exhibition about the Italian artist.

Da Vinci – The Genius opens next month at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in the soap’s home town of Manchester.

The exhibition’s promoters picked Michelle, 22, for the promotional photograph because her Mediterranean complexion and long, dark hair provided a good base for transformation.

They sourced period dress from Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre, perfected the hair and make-up, and tried to get the lighting just right so the shadows matched those in the original.

Describing the transformation process, Michelle said: “I had to be really pale and they powdered me down so much because I’m quite dark.

“They had to frizz my hair up and backcomb it and put it in little ringlets.

“It was a very long process which took a good two hours. I think most of the time was spent on my eyebrows.

“They had to put wax on them, then make-up, then wax again so that they disappeared. I always paint my eyebrows on so to have them erased was quite strange!”

She said the experience has made her want to see the original Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris, but she wasn’t so keen on her 16th Century complexion.

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