MICHELLE Collins has revealed her snobby agent told her to turn down Strictly Come Dancing – and she’s never been asked since.
The ex soap actress, 58, said with a hint of regret that she took her former agent’s advice when she was approached to take part in the BBC ballroom show four years ago.
She said on Good Morning Britain today: “They asked me four years ago and I turned it down because I was with an agent who, to be honest, was a bit snobby about it and they’ve never asked me since.”
She added: “It’s not me being snobby!”
Former Strictly contestant Kate Garraway then joked she’d put a good word in for Michelle, after the Ex EastEnders star remarked many of the stars have dance experience these days.
Kate said: “Go get some lessons! Don’t tell anyone Michelle and have some dance lessons. We’ll get onto the BBC and you can do it next year.”
Michelle Collins appeared on Good Morning Britain today[/caption]
But ex Coronation Street star Michelle said: “I’d rather being doing a nice TV series or a play or something.”
Michelle, who played Cindy Beale in EastEnders but also starred in Coronation Street, is starring on stage in How Love Is Spelt at London’s Southwark theatre and is looking forward to Panto at Christmas.
Michelle is following in the footsteps of her former on-screen partner Adam Woodyatt and headlining this year’s Wyvern Theatre panto as Sleeping Beauty’s wicked stepmother Carabosse.
Speaking about her role, she said: “That’s what’s really great.
“I can do a really edgy play at Southwark which is a really cool fringe venue and then go off and do Panto.”
Michelle will be Sleeping Beauty’s wicked stepmother Carabosse[/caption]
Michelle is also looking forward to a guest role in Casualty and she told how her 22-year-old daughter has decided to follow her into acting.
Michelle ascended to fame as the scheming Cindy Beale in EastEnders, but since then, the actress has carved an impressive career out for herself.
Michelle joined the cast of EastEnders’ rival soap Coronation Street as Stella Price in 2011, new landlady of the Rovers Return pub.
Michelle has received rave reviews for her role in How Love Is Spelt[/caption]
She beat fellow actress Lisa Maxwell to the role but in 2013 it was announced that Michelle had decided to leave.
In January 2014, Michelle claimed she was “unhappy” over the lack of screen time for her and her character.
Michelle made her final appearance as Stella on 2 April 2014.
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Michelle trained at the Royal Court Activists and Cockpit Youth Theatre from the age of 14.
After she left school she did some stage work in the early 80s but her first TV appearance was with Gary Oldman in the BBC drama Morgan’s Boy.
While she was filming the BBC play Pressures in 1988, Michelle was spotted by EastEnders producer Julia Smith, and was asked to audition for the role of Cindy.