Last week, Michelle Collins told OK! magazine that she’d found remarks made about her Corrie accent “hurtful” but today, she’s elaborated on that comment and angrily hit back at the ongoing criticism.
Even cricketer Freddie Flintoff took to Twitter to comment on her accent, tweeting, “Can’t get my head round Cindy off EastEnders trying to talk with a northern accent…
“Just need Jack Duckworth to pop up in the Queen Vic giving it a bit of rhyming slang!”
Michelle angrily told the magazine, “Oh for God’s sake, Freddie! I haven’t been in EastEnders for 15 years.
“I would never slate another person in the public eye – I think that’s very unfair of him.”
She went on to say, “What is hurtful is that it is just untrue. I have had so many texts from people saying, ‘Oh sod ’em’.
“And I thought, no, I’m not going to be dignified and sit this one out.
“It’s not a true representation of what the public think.
“When I’m bouncing about, working in London and Manchester, people are coming up to me and telling me that they’re loving what I’m doing.
”I’m a big girl. I can take it! And I ain’t going anywhere, so get used to it!
“I’m going to do my darndest to make Stella one of the great Corrie characters.”
My own belief is that if we weren’t all so familiar with Michelle from her time playing Cindy Beale on EastEnders, we wouldn’t bat an eyelid about her Manchester accent, but it’s rather like hearing, say, Phil Mitchell, suddenly start to speak with a Stephen Fry-like voice!
What do you think? Is her Northern accent that bad? Or are we just not used to it yet?