Corrie stars hit back at Michelle Collins' accent critics

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 June 2011
Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

'Coronation Street' stars, including Antony Cotton, have defended Michelle Collins following criticism of her dodgy northern accent

Michelle Collins' 'Coronation Street' co-stars have jumped to her defence following criticism of her northern accent.

Viewers have taken to various websites to object to the former 'EastEnders' star's Lancashire dialect in her portrayal of Rovers Return manager Stella Price, but her castmates insist there is nothing wrong with it.

Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, tweeted: "Contrary to rumour, the cast and crew of Coronation Street have far better things to do than stand by idly gossiping about Michelle Collins.

"What matters far more than her accent (which is great IMO) is the character she is playing.

"Say what you want about Miss Collins... she's so very watchable. And for that reason, this new family is exciting and intriguing! (sic)"

Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Stella's daughter Eva, also jumped to Michelle's defence.

She said: "There is absolutely nothing wrong with her accent from my point of view and she's doing an amazing job."

Despite reports that Michelle's co-stars were unhappy with her performance on the show, Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus Dent, said: "I haven't heard one member of the cast complain about her."

Executive producer Phil Collinson also insists he's pleased with her performance.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I think her accent's great. I think the thing is people will just get used to it."

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