Former EastEnders star Michelle Collins has ruled out a return to the soap.

The actress told The Sun that she doesn’t see a return on the horizon for her Albert Square alter-ego Cindy Beale.

Despite the BBC One soap opera already having seen comebacks from beyond the grave for Den Watts and Kathy Beale, she reckons that her own iconic character doing the same would be a big ask of the audience. 

“I don’t know whether people would buy it. She is dead.


“I’ve always dismissed it because she’s been dead so in a way they sort of did me a favour because I can never really go back. But in a way I think I’d spoil it if I go back.


“It’s quite nice having that mystery about her, it’s flattering that people still remember her and that’s she’s become this iconic sort of character really.” – Michelle Collins

Collins joined EastEnders in 1988 and spent a decade playing home wrecking Cindy who made long-suffering hubby Ian Beale’s (Adam Woodyatt) life a misery in the show.

Time was called on Cindy for good in 1998 after Collins was unavailable to film scenes that would see her character stand trial for hiring a hit man to shoot Ian. Off-screen Cindy suffered a fatal blood clot while giving birth to her daughter Cindy in prison.

However, that wasn’t quite the last viewers saw of Cindy as she popped up in a Children in Need short in 2014 when Ian dreamt about faces from the past after being knocked unconscious.

Away from EastEnders Collins has played the lead role in a number of TV dramas and stage productions. She joined the cast of Coronation Street as Rovers landlady Stella Price in 2011.

“It’s difficult out there, particularly for me because people think they know me. Even though I’ve done a huge body of work between EastEnders and Corrie, having gone back to Corrie you’re labelled a soap actress.


“There’s no disrespect at all and that’s fantastic but if you want to break out and do other things it’s quite difficult.” – Michelle Collins

Since leaving Coronation Street 3 years ago the actress has appeared in Casualty and Death in Paradise, and currently is starring in the play A Dark Night in Dalston.

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