Michelle Danielle Collins is an actress and television anchor from England, most famous for her work in TV shows Eastenders and Coronation Street. She was born on 28 May 1962 in East London. While her father was from England, her mother was Welsh. She got interested in theatre at a young age, attending Royal Court Activists And Cockpit Youth Theatre just at the age of 14. She later joined Kingsway Princeton College where she trained in dramatics at O/A level. She debuted in the theatre with The Crimson Island, performing at the Gate Theatre. She later joined the band squeeze as the backing singer named Candide. They spent 18 months together, performing across various locations in the country. After they separated in 1982, she went back to her roots and debuted on the small screen with the show Morgan’s Boy. She also appeared in a few other shows, before grabbing the role of Cindy Beale in the superhit soap Eastenders. Her villainous character grabbed eyeballs catapulting her into instant fame and extending her contract as well. When the show ended in 1998, she did a string of drama roles. She starred in Sea of Souls and also in a film The Illustrated Mum, which received overwhelming critical acclaim and won an Emmy and two BAFTA’s. She also acted in some other TV shows like French and Saunders, The Last Detective, Rock Rivals, among others. She appeared in guest roles in Casualty and the play Romeo and Juliet at the Octagon Theatre. She joined the cast of Coronation Street in 2011 and finally left the show in 2014. She was in a relationship with Fabrizio Tassalini, and they have a daughter together. They are separated now, but they raised their daughter together. She is a staunch supporter of the basic right to education and is a part of various charitable trusts as well. She is also an Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism, a charity providing a helping hand to people with autism.