Coronation Street star Michelle Collins – who of course plays pub landlady Stella Price – has revealed today that she was recently subjected to a terrifying verbal attack by a gang of youths who she feared may physically attack her.
Explaining that the horrifying incident happened as she travelled by Tube train to attend the birthday party of her co-star Charlie Condou – who plays Marcus Dent – Michelle told The Sun that she feared the youths, who were “like a pack of wolves”, may stab her.
She said, “They were like a pack of wolves. I felt so scared and vulnerable.
“Some of them looked as young as 15 but they were screaming abuse at me, calling me a f***ing whore, a slag and a bitch.
“There was one ringleader, a girl, who was leading the pack while the others just watched laughing…
“They were off their heads — I could smell the booze coming off them. My heart was pounding.
“I just kept thinking, ‘This is turning really nasty.’ They could have had knives — and they were hammered.
“I got off the train as soon as I could but they followed me until I lost them in the crowd.”
Michelle revealed that she’d boarded the Tube train at Highgate, North London, at 7pm last Saturday.
She added, “Suddenly I heard this ear-splitting shouting and swearing as the gang got on the train.
“They were really drunk and carrying bottles of wine and beer, and talking about going to get drugs.
“I kept my head down but saw one of the gang fall onto a girl passenger sitting near me. They thought it was hysterical.
“Then one of the girls noticed me. She shouted, ‘It’s that bird Stella from the telly!’
“I politely asked them to leave me alone but they started abusing me, saying, ‘Are you too f***ing good to talk to us? You think you’re some kind of f***ing A-lister, but Corrie is s**t and you’re s**t in it.’
“They were scary because they were unpredictable, and they were spoiling for a fight. It was all I could do not to cry.”
Michelle explained that she got off the train and eventually managed to lose the gang in the crowds at a station.
She added, “I felt threatened. In a packed carriage, not one person said, ‘Leave her alone.’
“I would always stick up for someone who was being unfairly treated.
“It’s a terrible reflection on our society that people are too scared to do the same.”
Indeed it is, but of course, as with this shocking story, I guess it’s in some ways understandable that some people don’t want to get embroiled in anything that could turn violent.
What would you do if you saw someone being attacked in this manner? Would you help, or would you fear that doing so could cost you your life?
On a lighter note, here’s a reminder of an entertainment news report about Michelle joining the cast of Corrie…