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Michelle Collins 'Coronation Street' accent defended by Sally Lindsay

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Stella Price outside the Rovers in Coronation Street

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Ex-Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay has defended Michelle Collins against recent criticism of her Northern accent.

The former EastEnders actress adopted the dialect when she took on the role of new Rovers Return manager Stella Price. However, reports have suggested that her accent was causing displeased viewers to switch the ITV soap off.

"Half the cast aren't from Manchester," Lindsay, who played landlady Shelley Unwin until 2006, told What's On TV. "There's all kinds of weird Northern accents going on."

She continued: "I don't understand what the big deal is about it. OK, so she's not a genuine Manchester accent, but you don't get that unless you're from Manchester."

Lindsay recalled how she received "horrible" criticism when she first joined the serial in 2001.

Sally Lindsay

Sally Lindsay

"When I went behind that bar I had so much rubbish written about me and six months later I was the best thing that had ever happened to the show," she said. "And it's horrible because you're thinking, 'Why? What am I doing wrong?'

"I did used to look down the camera, which was a slight problem, but I got over that, but I just think it's nonsense and it's awful it's happened to one person."

Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson recently hit back at "inaccurate and disingenuous" press claims made about the soap's ratings.

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