SHE first shot to fame as the scheming Cindy Beale in EastEnders, but since then Michelle Collins has carved an impressive career out for herself. We look back over the career of the woman who first rose to prominence in Albert Square. Who is Michelle Collins? What was her early career? Michelle Collins was born on May 28, 1961, and is an English actress, best known for her roles in EastEnders and Coronation Street. Michelle trained at the Royal Court Activists and Cockpit Youth Theatre from the age of 14. After she left school she did some stage work in the early 80s but her first TV appearance was with Gary Oldman in the BBC drama Morgan's Boy. When did Michelle Collins join EastEnders? While she was filming the BBC play Pressures in 1988, Michelle was spotted by EastEnders producer Julia Smith, and was asked to audition for the role of Cindy, who was due to feature in eleven episodes of the soap. Michelle’s portrayal of the manipulative and reckless Cindy was a hit with … [Read more...] about Who is Michelle Collins? Former Coronation Street and Cindy Beale from EastEnders
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Next week's EastEnders will be high-level drama from start to finish - with revelations about returning Slater girl Hayley. Mick Carter is also in for some issues next week as his mate Stuart completely messes with his life, leaving Linda completely livid as his antics cause issues for the family. And Stacey Fowler is still pining for her hubby Martin, but will they be able to finally reconcile with the sounds of Royal wedding bells ringing behind them. So what's happening in Albert Square next week? Affair feared for Mick Carter as he's caught in bed with Hayley Slater - but did he cheat on Linda? Emmerdale spoilers next week: angry suspicions, cursed relationships and a shock death The lovable pub landlord is caught red-handed when faithful wife Linda finds her husband in bed with the troublesome Slater. Hayley returns to Albert Square and causes trouble immediately in the market before being told to leave by cousin Stacey, who fears she wants Martin. But it's Linda who should be … [Read more...] about Love troubles, secrets uncovered and an unwelcome guest in EastEnders next week
CHARLIE Brooks first played EastEnders supervillain, Janine Butcher, way back in 1999. With hints she could be returning to wreak fresh chaos in Albert Square, we've got the lowdown on Charlie, and some of Janine's most dastardly deeds... Who is Charlie Brooks Charlie Brooks (real name Charlene) was born in Ware, Hertfordshire in 1989. She left home to move to London when she was 13 and attended the Ravenscourt Theatre School. Early on in her career, she appeared in The Bill, London's Burning and Jonathan Creek. Charlie took over the role of Janine in 1999 and made it her own before taking a break in 2004. During her time away from EastEnders, she played killer nurse Beverley Allitt as well as appearing on the stage in the West End. In 2008, Janine returned to the Square before leaving for the last time in 2014. In 2012, Charlie won I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, she also released a fitness DVD and narrates Botched Up Bodies on Channel 5. Her portrayal of evil Janine has … [Read more...] about Who is Charlie Brooks, what happened to Janine Butcher in EastEnders and is she coming back to Walford?
STEVE Owen was a legendary EastEnders hardman character, played by Martin Kemp. The character has been mentioned on screen again recently after his ex Mel Owen, returned to the BBC One soap with her son – newcomer Hunter. But who was Steve Owen and how did he die? Who was Steve Owen and when did Martin Kemp star in EastEnders? Steve Owen was a nasty nightclub owner, played by heartthrob Martin Kemp, who appeared on the soap from 1998 until 2002. Prior to appearing in EastEnders, Martin was known for being in the band Spandau Ballet. When Steve arrived he bought the Market Cellar Club, which he did up and renamed E20. During his time on the show he romanced Saskia Duncan and Sam Mitchell, before marrying Mel Owen and having a son with her. Mel was engaged to Ian Beale when she first met him and she cheated on him with Phil Mitchell. One of Steve’s biggest storylines was when he killed Saskia, by hitting her over the head with an ashtray after she started causing trouble at … [Read more...] about Who was Steve Owen in EastEnders, how did he die and when did Martin Kemp appear in the soap?
MEL Owen has made her big comeback to EastEnders. But just who is she? And when did she return? Here is what we know... Who is Mel Owen in EastEnders? Mel first appeared on Albert Square in 1998 as Melanie Healy. She was involved in high-profile storylines, such as a wedding to Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) to mark the Millennium Eve celebrations on New Year's Eve 1999, and later a problematic marriage to Steve Owen (Martin Kemp). Mel was also kidnapped by her former fling, Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass). She left the Square in 2002. The Sun exclusively revealed that Mel would make a shock return to EastEnders in October 2017. When did Mel return to EastEnders? On January 9, 2018 Mel Owen made her return to EastEnders and didn't seem happy. The character paid a visit to the Arches to visit Ben Mitchell after being missing on screen for fifteen years. Stepping into the Arches, Ben tried to turn her away as business was busy - not realising who she was or her connection to their … [Read more...] about Who is Mel Owen in EastEnders, what’s her relationship with Jack Branning, who is her son Hunter and when did she return to Albert Square?