'Corrie's' Michelle Collins happy with the new Rovers Return

Thursday May 23, 2013

Coronation Street's Michelle Collins is delighted with the revamped Rovers Return - but says that acting as a barmaid can be just as tough as doing the job for real.

The actress plays Stella Price, the landlady of the pub which was destroyed in a fire and refurbished.

Ex-EastEnders actress Michelle said: "The pub has always been the heart of the show I think and people like doing scenes in here."

But she added: "When you're this side of the bar it can be a nightmare because you do have very, very long days and you're on your feet, and I do wear big heels because I'm not that tall.

"I want to be bigger than Norris [Cole] when I'm standing behind here."

Michelle said she did have some practical concerns about the new pale gold seats in the Weatherfield pub.

She said: "They're a little bit pale these seats, they are going to get really dirty. That's the first thing I said when I saw them."

Stella is currently preparing to marry Karl Munro, played by John Michie, who she doesn't realise was the one who torched the pub and killed Sunita Alahan [Shobna Gulati], framing her for the arson.

Michelle said: "I don't really know what's around the corner for Stella. I can't complain, I've had some really fantastic storylines and it's constantly challenging, so as long as I've got that I'm happy."

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