When Michelle Collins made her Coronation Street debut back in 2011, it was to a rather lukewarm reception as the whole world and his dog became an expert in Manchester accents.
So it was no wonder that she felt a tad self-conscious during her three year stint playing Stella Price in the show, and none of us were surprised when she quit.
But rather than give her character a huge send off, or an exciting storyline (which, let’s face it, the show’s writers had had three years to plan) the powers that be at Corrie decided instead to just let Stella fade into the background while getting into a taxi to the airport.
So we can see why Michelle might be a little bitter about her less then exciting Corrie departure!
The actress, who shot to fame on BBC rival soap EastEnders in the 80’s playing Cindy Beale, has been discussing her decision to leave the show in an interview with Radio Times ahead of her guest appearance in Casualty later on this month.
During the interview, Collins revealed that starring in the BAFTA award-winning ITV soap was “exhausting”, adding: “It wasn’t hard to leave Stella behind once I’d made the decision.”
She went on to reveal that although she’s remained in contact with some of her Corrie co-stars, such as Sue Johnston who played Stella’s gobby mum Gloria, she has been so busy of late that she doesn’t get much chance to meet up with many of the cast.
In fact, Michelle revealed she hasn’t even had time to clear out the house she rented during her time on the show as yet.
But will she ever return to Weatherfield to reprise the role of Stella? Well, it seems she hasn’t ruled it out as she remarked: “I do miss Corrie, but the door’s been left open, so who knows?”
Would you like to see Stella back on the cobbles of Weatherfield? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD – Watch an interview with Michelle Collins in the clip below: