Earlier today, a newspaper reported that cast and crew at the Weatherfield soap were angry over Collins landing the role of Northern mum Stella Price, the new bar manager at the Rovers Return.
Since Collins made her debut on screen last Thursday, some viewers have criticised the Londoner's attempt at a Mancunian twang. Today's report suggested that show stars feared Coronation Street's credibility would be affected by the supposed 'backlash'.
However, writing on Twitter this morning, Cotton - who plays Sean Tully - commented: "Contrary to rumour, the cast and crew of Coronation Street have far better things to do than stand by idly gossiping about Michelle Collins. What matters far more than her accent (which is great IMO) is the character she is playing."
He added: "Say what you want about Miss Collins... she's so very watchable. And for that reason, this new family is exciting and intriguing!"
Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Stella's daughter Eva, also defended the former EastEnders actress during an appearance on This Morning today.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with her accent from my point of view and she's doing an amazing job," she said.
Meanwhile, a Coronation Street spokesperson told Digital Spy: "The cast and crew have welcomed Michelle with open arms. To say they are angry about her casting or her accent is simply untrue and upsetting for everyone."
Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson recently described Collins's Northern accent as "great" and predicted that fans will soon get used to seeing her in the role of Stella.
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