Michelle Collins has defended her hard work on Coronation Street character Stella Price, following complaints about her casting.
The actress, who shot to fame as Cindy Beale in EastEnders, received a barrage of criticism about her northern accent when she landed the role of Stella Price.
But she said: "It was a bit of a rocky road but I've worked extremely hard to make it work.
"I love playing Stella because she's so feisty and her own woman - her affair with a younger man, Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), is just one sign of that. I know I've got some good storylines this year, so hopefully I'm around for a while.
She continued: "I just take every day as it comes as I think you should always be a little bit humble in this business - you never know when you could get axed or killed off!"