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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