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Coronation Street: will Michelle Collins fit in?

Can the former EastEnders star, who tonight arrives in Weatherfield, shake off her Cindy Beale baggage?

The usual, love? Not any more. Tonight the Rovers Return gets a new landlady, Stella Price. And not only is she handily named after a premium lager, but her arrival, Clairol footspa in hand, creates quite a stir as she compliments Roy Cropper's knitwear and puts Tracy Barlow's evil piggy nose out of joint.

But to many sofa-dwellers, actress Michelle Collins will forever be Cindy Beale: EastEnders' resident ski pant-clad super-bitch for a full decade. The pouting, peroxided femme fatale arrived on the Square working on her mum's hat stall in 1988, proceeded to have flings with both Wicks brothers and, as the nation cheered, repeatedly broke the black heart of her on/off husband, Walford's premier weaselly businessman Ian "the Squeal" Beale. Understandably, she even hired a hitman to shoot the formerly moustachioed fried-food magnate,
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'Enders Lofty to guest in 'Doctors'

Former EastEnders actor Tom Watt will make a guest appearance in an episode of Doctors alongside familiar soap face Sue Jenkins. The 53-year-old, who played the role of Lofty Holloway between 1985 and 1987, takes on the role of idle layabout Ray MacGyver, while Jenkins portrays his terminally ill screen wife Brenda. Ray, who happily spends more time at the local watering hole or in the local police cell than with his family at their home on the local caravan park, knows his wife is ill, but is unaware of the true extent of her illness. Meanwhile, both Ray and Brenda are forced to deal with the news that their wayward daughter Carly - played by Sue Jenkins' real-life daughter Emily Fleeshman - is pregnant by the local wannabe gangster. Producer Fiona Pandelus said: "'The MacGyvers' is a brilliantly told story about a ramshackle family (more)
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