Michelle married Mark O'Hanlon, a production manager in South Africa, in 2000.
She and long-time friend Sue Devaney were in a band called The Dunky Dobbers.
Her big break came as Sue in Alan Clarke's film Rita, Sue And Bob Too
She starred in the ITV series The Practice, which was short-lived, when she was 18.
She joined the Oldham Theatre Workshop at 14. She had an agent when she was 15.