Michelle Collins can't 'bear' to watch Cindy Beale role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 April 2014
Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins says she can't "bear" to watch herself as Cindy Beale in 'EastEnders'

Michelle Collins can't "bear" to watch herself in 'EastEnders'.

The 51-year-old actress, who played Ian Beale's scheming wife Cindy in the soap, has revealed she finds it difficult to watch old clips of her in the role as she is her "own worst critic".

She told Digital Spy: "I feel so far removed from it. Lots of people have been playing [clips] and it makes me cringe, actually. I think, 'Oh my God, I was terrible, I can't bear to listen to my voice!' I can't bear to watch it!

"I just think, 'Oh, I wish I could do it all again now.' It was a long time ago and I just feel, 'I'm not sure about that.' I am my worst critic ... I don't like hearing the sound of my voice at all. Especially when she's saying, 'Oh Ian!' "

Michelle recently quit her role as Stella Price in rival soap 'Coronation Street' and admits she would be open to reprising her role as Cindy in a charity sketch - despite the character being killed off.

She added: "I was asked to do a Children in Need sketch where Ian gets knocked over the head, gets a head injury, wakes up and Cindy's there. I really wanted to do it, but I wasn't allowed to do it because I was working.

"That would have been really good fun, to have just gone back for a moment to play Cindy again. But I don't know if I'd even know how to play Cindy again - it feels like it was a very different person. I'm not in 'Corrie' [now], so maybe I can do it next time!"

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