Michelle Collins has played iconic roles in the two most watched soap operas on British television.
In the 1990s she played the backstabbing blonde, Cindy Beale, in EastEnders, and in 2011 she joined the cast of Coronation Street and now plays much-loved Rovers Return landlady, Stella Price. But what about the rest? Much of Michelle's remarkable story has never been told before.
From growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in North London with her sister and their young single mother to Michelle's quest for success as she fought her way through some difficult and painful times.
In her book Michelle reveals her battle with anorexia and bulimia; running away to Los Angeles and her first AA meeting there; her first foray into the music business; her tempestuous relationships and the truth behind the tabloid stories; why she missed her own wedding, and her relationship with daughter Maia's Italian-born father. Through it all, Michelle's book is ultimately a celebration of her talent, resilience, and so much more. It is the open, frank, funny, and sometimes shocking story of a proud, working single mum, who has led an extraordinary life and who has never been afraid of fighting for what she wants.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/04/2014
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781782432326
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Review by RuthieD
It took a while to warm to the book and bizarrely it felt like it took Michelle time to find her voice too. The style in the beginning sounded like dictation , quite stilted and unsure... almost sterile. The fact that she had a collaborator was evident. Gradually though she gained confidence and it lost its stilted tone. She recalls her early life as one of two daughters of a lone parent through her life and career and her roles as Cindy in EastEnders and Stella , landlady of the Rovers. Her proudest and dearest role though is that of being single mum to her daughter Maia whom she clearly adores. Inevitably name dropping she also reveals things she has done which I didn't know...her work with Oxfam .( there was a well timed chapter discussing the desperation and cruelty towards street children in Brazil...at time of reading Brazil is hosting the World Cup) as well as working with Barnados and the Terence Higgins Trust. She also seemed primed not to dwell on misery.... hard times in her life she does reveal but I feel glosses over...as if her book bosses have said skim over misery ...misery doesnt sell well now.. and has picked happy moments... again ...interesting anecdotes dear...to latch on to. Ive always been a big fan of Michelle and I'm more illuminated about her now. Am just sad she's now on a Sabbatical to take time out for her daughter. Will miss her.