Michelle Collins dislikes Soap Awards

Coronation Street star Michelle Collins has said the British Soap Awards should be axed.

The actress, who plays Rovers Return landlady Stella Price, believes that soap actors are looked down on.

She told the Daily Express: "I don't even like the fact there are soap awards.

"There should just be TV awards."

Michelle added: "There's a lot of snobbery in this business, even among actors themselves, but I have no time for that. We're all in the same job, aren't we?"

At this year's Soap Awards, Michelle was the brunt of a joke by Bradley Walsh, which saw the former Corrie star mock her accent.

The actor jokingly referred to the negative press surrounding Collins' Manchester accent.

Discussing coping with the criticism, Collins said: "It seemed every time I turned on the radio or looked at the paper they were going on about my flipping accent.

"They'd compare me to Anne Hathaway in that movie One Day and her British accent, so at least I was in good company.

"It seemed so unfair, though, because people in Coronation Street have all kinds of different accents. But I think whatever I did I was going to get flak.

"I've got quite a distinctive voice so I think people were a bit shocked when I changed it.

"But then I remember when Barbara Windsor first went into EastEnders. She had a terrible time."

Collins continued: "And at least they haven't said I can't act, which would have been worse. I've learned to relax about it.

"But yes, at first it was hard being thrown straight into the Rovers, doing a different accent, playing a very different character. Fortunately everyone in the cast was really nice to me."

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