Michelle Collins' Corrie accent won't change

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 July 2011
Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins' 'Coronation Street' accent won't be changing, as soap boss Phil Collinson thinks her Manchester dialact is ''brilliant''

Michelle Collins' 'Coronation Street' accent won't be changing.

While the former 'EastEnders' actress - who plays Rovers Return landlady Stella Price in the ITV1 soap - has attracted attention for her dodgy northern dialect, show boss Phil Collinson thinks her accent is "brilliant" and it wouldn't make sense to change it now she has established herself on set.

He said: "The landlady of the Rovers Returns is a key part of the show and as the landlady we felt very clearly that they had to have a northern accent. I think Michelle's accent is brilliant.

"We couldn't say a character started with a northern accent and suddenly change, and we wouldn't want to. Just to robustly say, we are really happy with Michelle's performance and character - we have storylines planned for this new family right through next year.

"What's happening here is a confusion that often happens with new families that come in to soaps where people find a little time to get used to them."

Meanwhile, Michelle - who formerly portrayed Cindy Beale in 'EastEnders' - admitted she feels "bewildered" by all the criticism, particularly as she was told to tone down the Bolton accent she adopted for a recent play.

Speaking on ITV1's 'This Morning', she added: "What annoys me is that I'm quite bewildered by it actually.

"'Coronation Street' have made me very welcome, people amongst the cast haven't complained, and to be honest with you I live in Manchester - well, most of the time I'm living up there - and I've been working in Bolton since January.

"I was doing a strong Bolton accent in a play, and I was told to bring it down to make it subtle and there is no generic northern accent, everyone is different. In 'Coronation Street' everyone has very different accents."

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