Ex-Eastenders actress Michelle Collins and Taggart actor John Michie have been confirmed as the new couple set to take control of The Rovers Return in Coronation Street. The actress best known as superbitch Cindy Beale in Corrie's BBC rival will be joining the cobbles along with Michie in June.
The duo will play landlady Stella and her husband Karl who come to Weatherfield after Steve Mc Donald (Simon Gregson) hires Stella as manager of the pub after he and wife Becky (Katherine Kelly) have multiple arguments putting the business in jeopardy however Steve gets a shock when the newcomer moves in husband Karl and daughter Eva, who is yet to be cast.
Speaking of her casting, Michelle said: ''I am honoured to be joining the cast of Coronation Street, the show has been part of my life since I was a child so to become a part of it is very exciting.'' Things will get interesting when it is revealed that Stella has been a hiding a shocking secret from her past. And in true Street style, the truth comes out in dramatic fashion with the secret having implications for several Weatherfield residents whilst putting her marriage on the rocks.
Talking about the newcomers, Executive Producer for the show, Keiron Roberts said: ''I'm thrilled to be welcoming John and Michelle to the cast of Coronation Street. As Robbie Ross in Taggart, John has kept viewers on the edge of their seats for the last ten years. Karl is a very different character for him though and the ladies of Weatherfield need to watch themselves, as this sexy charmer will quickly make his presence felt.''
Continuing on, the show boss added: ''Michelle's acting credentials are first class with more than a decade leading some brilliant and memorable drama series. Of course Michelle's soap credentials are superb and in the same way she made Cindy Beale one of Eastenders' most memorable bitches, I am sure she is going to be fantastic as the warm, funny, steely, flawed and larger than life, northern matriarch Stella.Karl and Stella's fiery marriage is going to keep viewers hooked through 2011 and beyond.''
You can see Stella and Karl making their debut alongside daughter Eva in June when bubbly Stella struts her way onto the cobbles. Are you as excited to have Michelle Collins joining Corrie or do you worry that Cindy is so iconic that Michelle won't work on a rival soap?