Former Coronation Street barmaid Sally Lindsay (left) has spoken out in defence of Michelle Collins' accent, saying: "Half the cast aren't from Manchester."
Sally – who played Shelley Unwin in the ITV1 soap until 2006 – said she sympathised with Michelle and branded the criticism of her northern accent "horrible".
Speaking at the season launch of Sky1HD, she said: "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.
"Half the cast aren't from Manchester, there's all kinds of weird northern accents going on."
The actress, who plays the lead on new comedy drama Mount Pleasant, said she was criticised when she first joined Corrie.
She said: "When I went behind that bar I had so much rubbish written about me.
"Six months later I was the best thing that had ever happened to the show, 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."
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