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Michelle Collins lands 'Rock Rivals' role

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Former EastEnders star Michelle Collins has landed a part on new ITV show Rock Rivals.

The actress, best known for her role as Albert Square's Cindy Beale, will play acid-tongued talent show judge Karina Faith in the X Factor-inspired drama series.

A source told The Sun: "We've been hunting around for just the right person for this role and it's been hard. But Michelle has everything we were looking for - she's a great actress and can be tough as old boots. She won't mince her words - just like the real X Factor bunch."

The show follows two married TV judges who launch rival bands following a relationship crisis.

Collins will star alongside ex-Coronation Street actor Sean Gallagher (Paul Connor), who will play Karina's husband Mal.

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