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'Coronation Street' Michelle Collins reveals Elsie Tanner inspiration

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Coronation Street star Michelle Collins has named Pat Phoenix's Elsie Tanner as her all-time favourite TV character.

The Weatherfield actress, who plays Rovers Return landlady Stella Price, described Corrie as a "female show" in an interview with Metro.

Coronation Street. Pat Phoenix (elsie Tanner) With Bill Roache (ken Barlow) And Peter Adamson (len Fairclough) In The Rovers Return

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Stella Price outside the Rovers in Coronation Street

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"It's a strong female lead in a female show. Corrie is very matriarchal; the women are always painted as strong, while a lot of the men are quite hapless and a bit weak," she said.

"Elsie was one of the original female icons that came out of the kitchen-sink drama. Life was hard for her, she always had broken relationships but she was gutsy and feisty."

Collins added: "I hate the phrase but she was a 'tart with a heart'."

The 51-year-old, who formerly starred in EastEnders, also reserved praise for US sitcoms Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.

Last week, a report emerged that Collins's Corrie character Stella will embark on a fling with Jason Grimshaw. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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