The Magazine chats to Michelle Collins

Published Monday, 14 April 2014
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Former Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins chats to The Magazine's Sarah Travers on Monday about her "life affirming" autobiography and her decision to leave the soap after only three years.

The Magazine chats to Michelle Collins
The Magazine's Sarah Travers with former Corrie actress Michelle Collins. (© UTV)

Best known for her role as Stella Price on the cobbles and remembered as Cindy Beale in EastEnders, Michelle has become one of the most successful television actresses in the UK.

But last year she made the decision to leave Weatherfield after three years as the Rovers' landlady, in order to spend more time with her daughter Maia.

Fresh from her Corrie exit, Michelle catches up with Sarah to chat about her new autobiography This Is Me.

"I think it is ultimately a very positive book and quite a life affirming book - I wanted it to be that," she explained.

The book chronicles Michelle's life from EastEnders to Coronation Street and reveals some quite dark moments from her past, including her battle with depression which led to the actress attempting to take her own life.

She added: "People say I revealed a lot (in the book) but obviously I was very careful and I wanted to be dignified about it.

"I also didn't want it to be a kiss and tell book about men.

"But you have to give a little bit of something and I think the only person that I was hard on and criticised was probably myself."

Also on the show this week, Sarah will be celebrating Belfast Zoo's 80th birthday with a look back through the years at the popular tourist hotspot.

And to help celebrate the huge milestone The Magazine wants viewers to share their zoo memories.

If you have a photo from a visit to Belfast Zoo - old or new - that you want to share, you can upload it to the Belfast Zoo memories gallery.

Sarah will be taking a look through the images this week ahead of the zoo's busy Easter holiday weekend.

Viewers can follow all the action of this week's show by tweeting along with @UTVMag using the hashtag #utvmag.

The Magazine with Sarah Travers on Monday 14 April at 8pm on UTV.

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