Born in Hackney, London, and raised in Highbury, Michelle Collins is a true Londoner.
Having started her acting career on stage, Michelle appeared in the video for ‘Up The Junction’ by Squeeze and then went on to join singer Mari Wilson on tour as one of The Wilsations, working with artists including Marc Almond, Level 42, Altered Images and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Michelle’s first TV appearance was with Gary Oldman in the BBC drama, Morgan’s Boy. She also appeared in the sitcom Running Wild and TV shows Bergerac and The Bill. She went on to appear with Julie Walters in the movie about Cynthia Payne, Personal Services. In 2003, Michelle also appeared in the BAFTA award-winning film The Illustrated Mum, based on the children’s novel by award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson.
In 1988, Michelle took on the role of Cindy Beale, with an initial eleven episodes planned. However, she excelled in the role and the manipulative, reckless nature of her character was a hit with viewers and therefore her contract was extended so that she could become a renowned villain and cheating wife to Ian Beale.
After the Cindy Beale died in prison, Michelle went on to flourish in dramatic roles while appearing in TV series including Real Women, Sunburn (where Michelle also sang the theme tune, which reached number 28 in the UK charts), Daylight Robbery, Two Thousand Acres of Sky, Agatha Christie’s Marple, Doctor Who, Hotel Babylon and Can’t Buy Me Love.
Michelle then joined the cast of Coronation Street in 2011 as Leanne Battersby’s biological mother, Stella Price. She continued in the role until April 2014 when her character moved to New York. Michelle went on to appear in other TV shows including Casualty, Death In Paradise, Midsomer Murders and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
Returning to the stage again, Michelle appeared in The Glass Slipper at Hampstead Theatre as well the UK tours of Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Calendar Girls, Daddy Cool, The Play What I Wrote, The Vagina Monologues and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Michelle will be appearing as Gina in On A Dark Night In Dalston at The Park Theatre in London from 7th March to 1st April, which will also be her first producing role and marks a new direction in her illustrious and hugely successful career.