Michelle Collins' Corrie university fund

Michelle Collins signed up for 'Coronation Street' so she is financially secure enough to pay for her daughter to go to university

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Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins signed up for 'Coronation Street' so she could pay for her daughter to go to university.

The former 'EastEnders' actress - who is due to hit screens as feisty new Rovers Return landlady Stella next month - explained she agreed to take up the role so she is financially secure enough to send her 14-year-old daughter Maia Rose to further education.

She said: "It is quite nice to have a bit of security in my life because my daughter is 14 and will be off to uni - so she will be able to go now."

Michelle - who will cause shockwaves across the cobbles when she reveals she is Leanne Battersby's (Jane Danson) long-lost mum - admitted she is already enjoying her time on the ITV1 show, as it is the "only other soap" other than 'EastEnders' she would want to be in.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "I am just very happy to be in 'Coronation Street', it is the only other soap I would want to be in.

"I've only been there three weeks - but hopefully I'll like them and they will like me."

With 'Taggart' star John Michie portraying Stella's husband Karl, 'Corrie' bosses have promised the explosive new family will keep viewers glued to screens throughout 2011.

Executive producer Kieran Roberts explained: "Karl and Stella's fiery marriage is sure to keep viewers hooked through 2011 and beyond.

"Michelle's acting credentials are first class with more than a decade leading some brilliant and memorable drama series. I am certain she is going to be fantastic as the warm, funny, steely, flawed and larger-than-life northern matriarch Stella."

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