SOPHIA BUSH (UPDATE)

Sophia Bush has captured film and television audiences, alike, with her range of roles and diverse characters She was born on July 8, 1982, in Pasadena, California. She is an only child. Her father, Charles William Bush, is a renowned advertising and celebrity photographer, and her mother, Maureen E. (Searson) Bush, runs a photography studio.
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Actress (29 credits)
 2018 Acts of Violence (completed)
Detective Brooke Baker
 2017 Marshall
Jen at the Bar
 2014-2017 Chicago P.D. (TV Series)
Erin Lindsay

Fork in the Road (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Army of One (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Fagin (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Grasping for Salvation (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Last Minute Resistance (2017) … Erin Lindsay
 2017 Chicago Justice (TV Series)
Erin Lindsay

Tycoon (2017) … Erin Lindsay
 2015-2017 Chicago Med (TV Series)
Erin Lindsay

Prisoner’s Dilemma (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Free Will (2016) … Erin Lindsay
Inherent Bias (2016) … Erin Lindsay
Alternative Medicine (2016) … Erin Lindsay
Malignant (2016) … Erin Lindsay
 2013-2017 Chicago Fire (TV Series)
Erin Lindsay

Deathtrap (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Some Make It, Some Don’t (2017) … Erin Lindsay
Nobody Touches Anything (2014) … Erin Lindsay
Wow Me (2014) … Erin Lindsay
Real Never Waits (2014) … Erin Lindsay
 2014-2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Erin Lindsay

Nationwide Manhunt (2016) … Erin Lindsay
Daydream Believer (2015) … Erin Lindsay
Chicago Crossover (2014) … Erin Lindsay
Comic Perversion (2014) … Erin Lindsay
 2016 HelLA (TV Series)
Sophia

 2015 Pickle and Peanut (TV Series)
Additional Voices

Greg/Gramma Jail (2015) … Additional Voices (voice)
 2012-2013 Partners (TV Series)
Ali Landow

Sperm und Drang (2013) … Ali Landow
The Archies (2013) … Ali Landow
Straight Man’s Best Friend (2013) … Ali Landow
Troubled Waters (2013) … Ali Landow
My Best Friend’s Wedding Ring (2013) … Ali Landow
 2013 Hatfields & McCoys (TV Movie)
Emma McCoy
 2003-2012 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
Brooke Davis / Brooke Davis Baker

One Tree Hill (2012) … Brooke Davis Baker
Anyone Who Had a Heart (2012) … Brooke Davis Baker
Danny Boy (2012) … Brooke Davis Baker
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (2012) … Brooke Davis Baker
Every Breath Is a Bomb (2012) … Brooke Davis Baker
 2012 Mob Wives 2: The Christening (Short)
Carla Facciolo
 2011 Mob Wives (Short)
Carla Facciolo
 2011 Chalet Girl
Chloe
 2009-2011 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series)
Sara

Make Play/Candace Gets Busted (2011) … (voice)
Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!: Parts 1 & 2 (2009) … Sara (uncredited)
 2010 Southern Discomfort (TV Movie)
Haley
 2009 Table for Three
Mary
 2008 The Narrows
Kathy Popovich
 2007 The Hitcher
Grace Andrews
 2006 Stay Alive
October
 2005 Supercross
Zoe Lang
 2003 Nip/Tuck (TV Series)
Ridley Lange

Cliff Mantegna (2003) … Ridley Lange
Megan O’Hara (2003) … Ridley Lange
Nanette Babcock (2003) … Ridley Lange
 2003 Learning Curves
Beth
 2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
Fate Mackenzie

Romance Looming (2003) … Fate Mackenzie
 2003 The Flannerys (TV Movie)
Katie Flannery
 2002 Point of Origin (TV Movie)
Carrie Orr
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ELISA PUGLIESE

Elisa Pugliese was born in Bronx, New York, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for School of Rock (2003), The Cake Eaters (2007) and Boy Meets Girl (2014).
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Actress (7 credits)
 2007 The Junior Defenders
Carla Stanton
 2007 The Cake Eaters
Stacy
 2003 School of Rock
Concert Goer
 2002 Law & Order (TV Series)
Secretary

Patriot (2002) … Secretary
 2001 The Agency (TV Series)
CIA Secretary

Nocturne (2001) … CIA Secretary
 2001 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Gwen

Who Is Breckenridge Long? (2001) … Gwen
 1998 Montana
Stephanie

SARAH TROYER

Sarah Troyer is a Canadian actress, born and raised in Calgary, AB. During her childhood Sarah discovered her passion for the Arts and began throwing herself wholeheartedly into dance, vocal, piano, theatre, and musical theatre. Any chance she got Sarah took, performing in every school assembly and school play as well as competing in both classical…
Actress (18 credits)
 2017 Scorched Earth (completed)
Young Gage
 2016/I On the Rocks (completed)
Kali
 2017 Supernatural (TV Series)
Athena Lopez

Tombstone (2017) … Athena Lopez
 2017 My Little Pony: The Movie
Additional Voices (voice)
 2017 Under Pressure (Short)
Sophie
 2017 Incontrol
Marissa
 2017 Still/Born
Birth Nurse 1
 2016 Wynonna Earp (TV Series)
Kiersten

Purgatory (2016) … Kiersten
 2016 Wilmore Boys (TV Movie)
Lula
 2015 Gradient (Short)
Ashley
 2015 Shoulda Swiped Left (TV Movie)
Jessica
 2015 Young Drunk Punk (TV Series)
Christa

Yoga Show (2015) … Christa
 2014/I Salvage (Short)
Jackie Turner
 2014/II Dark Hearts
Ali Shea
 2014 Extra Ordinary Joe (Short)
Maria
 2014 Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Courtesan 2

Episode #1.1 (2014) … Courtesan 2

CAROLINE DHAVERNAS

Caroline Dhavernas commands the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty, talent and poise. Beginning her career at age 11, the Montreal native is already an acclaimed young actress who has also made her mark in Hollywood. She is the recipient of two Gemeaux Awards, one for “Best Interpretation in a Youth Series” for Zap (1993)… See full bio »
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Actress (58 credits)
 2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls
Chef d’antenne
 2017 De père en flic 2
Geneviève
 2017 Easy Living
Sherry Graham
 2017 Mary Kills People (TV Series)
Mary Harris

Morning Glory (2017) … Mary Harris
The Judas Cradle (2017) … Mary Harris
Raised by Wolves (2017) … Mary Harris
Wave the White Flag (2017) … Mary Harris
The River Styx (2017) … Mary Harris
 2017 The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation (Video) (segment “Blind Vaysha”) (voice)
 2016 Blue Moon (TV Series)
Chloé Vincent

Episode #2.6 (2016) … Chloé Vincent
Episode #2.5 (2016) … Chloé Vincent
Episode #2.4 (2016) … Chloé Vincent
Episode #2.3 (2016) … Chloé Vincent
Episode #2.2 (2016) … Chloé Vincent
 2014-2016 Les beaux malaises (TV Series)
Jeune Monique

La santé (2016) … Jeune Monique
Éducation moderne (2016) … Jeune Monique
Week-end de rêve (2016) … Jeune Monique
Les pauves (2015) … Jeune Monique
Les beaux Noëls (2014) … Jeune Monique
 2016 Chasse-Galerie
Liza Gilbert
 2016 Blind Vaysha (Short)
 2013-2015 Hannibal (TV Series)
Dr. Alana Bloom

The Wrath of the Lamb (2015) … Dr. Alana Bloom
The Number of the Beast Is 666 (2015) … Dr. Alana Bloom
…And the Beast from the Sea (2015) … Dr. Alana Bloom
…And the Woman Clothed in Sun (2015) … Dr. Alana Bloom (credit only)
…And the Woman Clothed with the Sun (2015) … Dr. Alana Bloom
 2015 The Forbidden Room
Gong
 2014 Real Lies
Isabelle Lauzon
 2014 Child of Light (Video Game)
Narrator (voice)
 2013 Goodbye World
Becky Snider
 2013 Over/Under (TV Movie)
Vicky Keller
 2012 Mars et Avril
Avril
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Dr. Lily Brenner

There’s a Lot to Miss About the Jungle (2011) … Dr. Lily Brenner
Hold on Tight (2011) … Dr. Lily Brenner
Everything’s as It Should Be (2011) … Dr. Lily Brenner
I’m Home (2011) … Dr. Lily Brenner
There’s Nothing to Fix (2011) … Dr. Lily Brenner
 2010 Wrecked
Woman
 2010 Devil
Elsa Nahai
 2010/I The Switch
Pauline
 2010 The Pacific (TV Mini-Series)
Vera Keller

Home (2010) … Vera Keller
Guadalcanal/Leckie (2010) … Vera Keller
 2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Maya Sills

Love Sick (2010) … Maya Sills
 2010 One Last Dance (Short)
Young Norma
 2009 Father and Guns
Geneviève
 2009 The Cry of the Owl
Nickie Grace
 2008 Passchendaele
Sarah Mann
 2007 Surviving My Mother
Bianca
 2007 Breach
Juliana O’Neill
 2006 The Beautiful Beast
Isabelle-Marie
 2006 Hollywoodland
Kit Holliday
 2006 Mr. Average
Claire
 2005 A Life in Suitcases
Passion Hockmeister
 2005 These Girls
Keira St-George
 2005 Niagara Motel
Loretta
 2004 Wonderfalls (TV Series)
Jaye Tyler

Unaired Pilot (2004) … Jaye Tyler
Caged Bird (2004) … Jaye Tyler
Totem Mole (2004) … Jaye Tyler
Safety Canary (2004) … Jaye Tyler
Lovesick Ass (2004) … Jaye Tyler
 2003 Red Nose
Nathalie Lachance
 2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp
Passion Hockmeister
 2002 Law & Order (TV Series)
Alicia Milford

Girl Most Likely (2002) … Alicia Milford
 2002 Edge of Madness
Annie Herron
 2002 Les moutons de Jacob
Caroline
 2001 Out Cold
Anna
 2001 Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (TV Movie)
Marilyn Bell
 2001 Lost and Delirious
Kara
 2000 Tag (TV Series)
Stéphanie
 2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV Series)
Angelique Dore

The Golem (2000) … Angelique Dore
 1999 L’île de sable
Manou
 1999 Le polock (TV Series)
Camille Langlois
 1999 Running Home
Jessica
 1998 Réseaux (TV Series)
Christine
 1997 Lobby (TV Series)
Roxanne Roy

Épisode 9 … Roxanne Roy
Épisode 8 … Roxanne Roy
Épisode 6 … Roxanne Roy
Épisode 5 … Roxanne Roy
Épisode 4 … Roxanne Roy
 1996 L’oreille de Joé (Short)
 1996 Urgence (TV Series)
Josianne Villeneuve
 1993 Cap Tourmente
Valerie Huot
 1993 Zap (TV Series)
Isabelle Daigneault
 1991 Marilyn (TV Series)
Abeille
 1990 Les filles de Caleb (TV Series)
Rose Pronovost 8 à 11 ans

Épisode 17 … Rose Pronovost 8 à 11 ans (as Caroline Davernas)

HETTIENNE PARK

Hettienne Park was born in Boston, MA. She studied classical flute and piano at the Longy School of Music and continued training at the New England Conservatory before acquiring BA’s in both Economics and Religion at the University of Rochester. After graduation, she moved to New York City and completed the two-year acting program at the William
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Actress (18 credits)
 2017 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Sasha Lau

The Harem (No. 102) (2017) … Sasha Lau
 2013-2014 Hannibal (TV Series)
Beverly Katz

Mukozuke (2014) … Beverly Katz
Takiawase (2014) … Beverly Katz
Hassun (2014) … Beverly Katz
Sakizuke (2014) … Beverly Katz
Kaiseki (2014) … Beverly Katz
 2011 Young Adult
Vicki
 2009 Mercy (TV Series)
Julie Shin

I’m Not That Kind of Girl (2009) … Julie Shin
 2009 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Shelly Delgado

Home (2009) … Shelly Delgado
 2007-2009 Damages (TV Series)
Female Associate

You Got Your Prom Date Pregnant (2009) … Female Associate
Get Me a Lawyer (2007) … Female Associate
 2009 Bride Wars
Marissa
 2008 Puppy Love (TV Series)
Dawn
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game)
The Crowd of Liberty City (voice)
 2005-2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
Tina Shen / Taka Furukawa

Darkness (2008) … Tina Shen
The Sixth Man (2005) … Taka Furukawa
 2007 Year of the Fish
Hong Ji
 2005-2007 The In-Betweens of Holly Malone (TV Series)
Ellen

Period Piece (2007) … Ellen
The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006) … Ellen
Promise Sneakers (2005) … Ellen
Ex Marks Her Spot (2005) … Ellen
 2007 Never Forever
Ming Ming
 2006 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Student #1

Backscatter (2006) … Student #1
 2005 The Warriors (Video Game)
Additional Civilian (voice, as Hetienne Park)
 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Annie

Weak (2004) … Annie
 2004 Purple Pastures
Catherine
 2002 Hack (TV Series)
Chloe

Bad Choices (2002) … Chloe
Hide Hide Show Show Self (1 credit)
 2014 Hannibal: This Is My Design (Video documentary)
Herself

Melissa Schuman

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Melissa Schuman

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Melissa Schuman
Birth name Melissa Amber Schuman
Genres R&B, Pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress
Years active 1998–present
Labels Bad Boy/Universal (1998-2003)
Currently unsigned
Associated acts Dream, Lady Phoenix
Website www.Melissa-Schuman.com

Melissa Amber Schuman is an American singer and actress. Schuman is best known for her role in the all-girl teen band Dream. Dream had two platinum hits, “He Loves U Not” and “This is Me“. Schuman has also gained some success in acting with appearances in such movies as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, The Hollow and Silent Scream. Schuman has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has hosted TRL. In November 2010, the song “Don’t” that was supposed to be the debut single for her unreleased solo album was released on iTunes.

Career[edit]

In 2002, after Schuman announced she was leaving Dream to focus on her acting career and a solo album she appeared in Love Don’t Cost a Thing and The Hollow, and starred in Silent Scream. She recorded a song with The Hollow costar Nick Carter called “There For Me” in 2004. Schuman had plans to release her first single “Don’t” but the single and solo album were later scrapped. As of November 16, 2010, the unreleased single “Don’t” was released to iTunes. On November 15, 2010, Schuman’s unreleased solo album Stereotyped was released to iTunes.

2008–12: Lady Phoenix[edit]

On January 28, 2008, Schuman reported that she would be forming a new music group with former Dream bandmate Ashley Poole, and would be auditioning for girls and even starring in a reality show to detail the new group’s formation.[1] In 2012, Schuman confirmed that Lady Phoenix had disbanded following Ashley Poole’s departure from the group and the reality show was not picked up by any networks.

2015–16: Dream comeback[edit]

On May 11, 2015, the original members of Dream got together for a mini-reunion and posted a video online performing a cappella version of their 2000 single “He Loves U Not” and the video quickly went viral with over 23,000 views so far and gaining online attention from MTV, Seventeen Magazine, Perez Hilton and other media sites.[2][3] On May 29, 2015, the original members of Dream all announced they would be making a comeback and launched a Twitter and Facebook page. The Twitter page has gained over 21,000 followers since its launch.[4] On December 17, 2015, Dream recorded and released a studio recording of “O Holy Night” as a treat to fans for the holidays while they work on new music scheduled for 2016.

On July 8, 2016, Dream joined other Y2K bands O-Town, Ryan Cabrera and 98 Degrees on the My2K Tour performing in 39 cities across the United States. Dream also performed at The MixTape Festival at Hershey Stadium alongside Paula Abdul, NKOTB, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera.

On August 2, 2016, Dream released their first single together in 15 years titled “I Believe” on iTunes and Spotify.[5]

On October 5, 2016 Dream member Ashley Poole announced via Snapchat and Facebook that Dream has once again disbanded and a new album will not be released.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Schuman married dancer Brandon Henschel on June 7, 2006, at the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii.[7] On February 19, 2010 Schuman announced, on Twitter, that she and her husband were expecting their first child, a boy.[8] On July 18, 2010, the Henschels announced the birth of their baby boy, Elin Elijah Henschel.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Stereotyped (2002/2010)

Dream[edit]

Filmography[edit]

2015 Actress(es): A Web Series Jennifer Stone
1997 Tiger Erica Baker
2002 Anna’s Dream Sheila
2003 Love Don’t Cost a Thing Zoe Parks
Recipe for Disaster Shannon Devries
2004 The Hollow Amber
Window Theory Megan
2005 Silent Scream Nicole
2015-16    Actress(es): A Web Series (TV Series)
Jennifer Stone

Hungry Hungry Hooters (2016) … Jennifer Stone
Mercury in Retrograde (2016) … Jennifer Stone
PlumeriaDerm CQ Commercial (2015) … Jennifer Stone
El Finale (2015) … Jennifer Stone
Go Lightly (2015) … Jennifer Stone

NICOLE GALACIA

Nichole Galicia is a film and television actress whose extraordinary journey to the big screen began as a high fashion model on the catwalks of Europe. Most recently, acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino hand picked Galicia for his film, Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. Galicia has garnered much buzz around the …
Actress (13 credits)
 2015 Defiance (TV Series)
Kindzi

Upon the March We Fittest Die (2015) … Kindzi
The Awakening (2015) … Kindzi
Of a Demon in My View (2015) … Kindzi
When Twilight Dims the Sky Above (2015) … Kindzi
Ostinato in White (2015) … Kindzi
 2015 Supermodel
Amanda
 2014 Wish I Was Here
Juliet
 2013 …And She Was My Eve (Video short)
The Bride
 2012 Django Unchained
Sheba
 2009 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Kara Garland

Help (2009) … Kara Garland
 2005 Dirty
Boom Boom (as Nichole Robinson)
 2005 The Marriage Counselor (Short)
Debra (as Nichole Robinson)
 2004 Torque
Mikisha (as Nichole Mercedes Robinson)
 2003 Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Yvonne Freeman (as Nichole Robinson)
 2002 Aerosmith: Girls of Summer (Video short)
 1996 Psychic Detectives (TV Movie)
Vendor (as Nichole Robinson)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 2013 Fashion News Live (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #14.50 (2013) … Herself
 2013 In the Company of Friends (TV Special)
Herself
 2004 The Making of ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ (Video documentary short)
Herself (as Nichole Robinson)

NICOLE ROBINSON

NiCole Robinson was born on April 12, 1972 in Burley, Idaho, USA. She is an actress, known for The West Wing (1999), Dragon Wars: D-War (2007) and Bad Boy (2002). She was previously married to Craig Snyder.
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Actress (19 credits)
 2014 The Living
Waitress
 2011 For a Green Card (TV Series)
Jasmine

Go Team Fake Wedding (2011) … Jasmine
 2008/I The Women
Make Over Lady
 2008 All My Children (TV Series)
Kelly Brown

Episode #1.9812 (2008) … Kelly Brown
Episode #1.9802 (2008) … Kelly Brown
Episode #1.9793 (2008) … Kelly Brown
 2007 Dragon Wars: D-War
Psychiatrist
 1999-2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
Margaret / Margaret Hooper

Tomorrow (2006) … Margaret Hooper
Institutional Memory (2006) … Margaret Hooper
The Last Hurrah (2006) … Margaret Hooper
Requiem (2006) … Margaret Hooper
Election Day: Part 2 (2006) … Margaret Hooper
 2005 Underclassman
Female Teacher
 2003 Like Family (TV Series)
Customer #1

Value of a Dollar (2003) … Customer #1
 2003 Short (Short)
Salon Assistant #2
 2002 Off Centre (TV Series)
Elaine

 2002 What I Like About You (TV Series)
Wendra

Spa Day (2002) … Wendra
 2002 Bad Boy
Megan Riley (as Nicole Robinson)
 2001 Maybe It’s Me (TV Series)
Coach Ryan

The Lunch Lady Episode (2001) … Coach Ryan
The Cheerleader Episode (2001) … Coach Ryan
 1999 Friends (TV Series)
The Smoking Woman

The One with the Cop (1999) … The Smoking Woman
 1998 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Grace

War Games (1998) … Grace (as Nicole Robinson)
 1997 Veronica’s Closet (TV Series)
Female Office Worker #1

Veronica’s Not Happy About the Book (1997) … Female Office Worker #1 (as Nicole Robinson)
 1997 Meego (TV Series)
Teacher

Performance Art (1997) … Teacher
 1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Reporter #1

Stop the Presses (1996) … Reporter #1 (as Nicole Robinson)

Michelle Collins

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Michelle Collins

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Michelle Collins
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Michelle Collins in 2006
Born Michelle Danielle Collins
(1962-05-28) 28 May 1962 (age 55)
Hackney, East London, England
Occupation Actress, television presenter
Known for Cindy Beale in EastEnders (1988–1990, 1992–1998, 2014)
Nicki Matthews in Sunburn (1999–2000)
Abby Wallace in Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2001–03)
Stella Price in Coronation Street (2011–14)
Partner(s) Fabrizio Tassalini (1995–1998)
Children Maia Rose (b. 1996)

Michelle Danielle Collins (born 28 May 1962) is an English actress and TV presenter, best known for her roles in the British soap operas EastEnders and Coronation Street.

Collins played Cindy Beale in the BBC soap EastEnders from 1988 to 1998, with a two-year break between 1990 and 1992. She played Stella Price in the ITV soap Coronation Street from 2011 to 2014. Her other notable TV roles include the BBC dramas Real Women (1998–99), Sunburn (1999–2000) and Two Thousand Acres of Sky (2001–03).

Early life and education[edit]

Collins was born at Hackney South East Hospital in Hackney, East London to an English father and Welsh mother.[1][2] Her maternal grandfather Jack Horton was a Belgian Jew from Antwerp who emigrated to Wales to escape the Holocaust. She and her older sister, Vicki, were brought up by their mother, Mary, in Highbury, London.[3][4] When Collins was 14, her mother went back to university to get her law degree.[5]

She trained at the Royal Court Activists and Cockpit Youth Theatre from 14, and then Kingsway Princeton College where she studied drama and theatre at O/A level.[6]

Career[edit]

Singing[edit]

After her exams, Collins landed a role in Mikhail Bulgakov‘s The Crimson Island at The Gate Theatre, directed by Lou Stein. Her career changed direction when, having performed in the 1978 video for the Squeeze song “Up the Junction“, she joined Mari Wilson and The Wilsations as the backing singer, “Candide”. The band spent 18 months touring the country, working with artists such as Marc Almond, Level 42, Altered Images and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Acting[edit]

When the band broke up in 1982, she went back into acting and with the help of her friend, the British actor Tim Roth, she successfully gained a part in a musical with Gary Hutton and Gary Shail known as H.M.V. Collins had also been in The Illustrated mum by Jacqueline Wilson.

Collins’s first TV appearance was with Gary Oldman in the BBC drama Morgan’s Boy. Other TV credits included: two series of the sitcom Running Wild, where she played Ray Brooks daughter; a part in ITV drama The Bill; a Screen Two production Lucky Sunil, directed by Michael Caton Jones and a BBC play Pressures. She later appeared in three films: Personal Services, Empire State and Stephen Poliakoff‘s Hidden City. Collins appeared in an episode of the BBC’s Bergerac (series 4) in 1985.

EastEnders[edit]

While she was filming the BBC play Pressures in 1988, Collins was spotted by EastEnders’s producer Julia Smith, and was asked to audition for the role of Cindy, who was due to feature in eleven episodes of the soap. Collins excelled in her role. The manipulative, reckless nature of her character was a hit with viewers so her contract was extended and became a renowned villain in the series. She played Cindy Beale, the unfaithful wife of EastEnders stalwart Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), between 1988 and 1998. During breaks from EastEnders she filmed the drama Real Women for the BBC, with Pauline Quirke and Frances Barber. The drama was a success and it helped to confirm Collins as a versatile actress of considerable stature. Contrary to popular belief, she did not appear in the popular comedy show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge 1994. “Michelle Collins” is credited as a magician’s assistant, but the role was played by a different actress with the same name, as confirmed in the audio commentary on its DVD release. On 14 November 2014, Collins reprised the role of Cindy for a short stint for Children in Need after Ian knocks his head and sees the deceased women in his life.[7]

After EastEnders[edit]

After leaving EastEnders in 1998 (when her character met an untimely demise offscreen), her career flourished with a series of drama roles. These include: two series of Real Women (BBC One); two series of Sunburn (BBC One), for which Collins sang the theme song (which was a no. 28 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1999);[8] Daylight Robbery (ITV); The Sleeper (BBC One); Uprising (ITV): three series of Two Thousand Acres of Sky (BBC One):[9] the two-part series Perfect (ITV); Lloyd and the Hill (ITV) and Ella and the Mothers (BBC One). In 2003 Collins played Sarah Barton in Single.[citation needed]

In 2003, Collins filmed the BBC drama Sea of Souls and then went on to star in a film for Granada/Channel 4 called The Illustrated Mum, which told the story of two girls coping with the unpredictable behaviour of their depressed, alcoholic mother. The film, written by Jacqueline Wilson, was based on the children’s novel of the same name. It was screened to great acclaim over Christmas 2003 and won an Emmy Award and two BAFTAs.

In 2004, she starred in an episode of French and Saunders and also starred with fellow EastEnders actor Martin Kemp in the ITV drama Can’t Buy Me Love, which was watched by nearly eight million viewers. The programme was inspired by the real-life story of Howard Walmsley, who was jailed for fraud after pretending to win the lottery to keep his wife Donna (played by Collins) from leaving him. Their lives and marriage were subsequently turned upside down by the events that unfolded. In 2005, Collins starred in the ITV drama The Last Detective and in the BBC drama The Family Man, alongside ex-EastEnder Daniela Denby-Ashe, which aired in March 2006. She starred in the West End musical Daddy Cool, and while working during the night there shot sequences for a cameo in the short film Broken written and directed by Vicki Psarias, which went on to win the several international awards. She also featured in the film Don’t Stop Dreaming, released in 2007. She left Daddy Cool in January 2007 to shoot the Doctor Who episode “42“.[10]

On 2 July 2007, it was announced that Collins has been cast for the lead role of Karina Faith in new ITV drama series, Rock Rivals, produced by Shed Productions.[11] In 2009, Collins took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history. On 21 May 2009, it was rumoured that Collins had auditioned to star in US drama Desperate Housewives, but she did join the cast.[12][13][14]

In June 2010, it was announced that Collins would make a six-episode guest appearance as a patient’s mother in Casualty.[15] In 2010, she also guest-starred in Romeo & Juliet at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, playing the Nurse. From 7 April-7 May 2011, Collins starred as Sheila Grundy, Fred Dibnah‘s third wife, in The Demolition Man at Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Coronation Street[edit]

“I am honoured to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. The show has been part of my life since I was a child so to become a part of it is extremely exciting.”

In January 2011, a rumour was posted on Digital Spy that Collins was in talks to join EastEnders main rivalling soap Coronation Street, after she allegedly met with soap’s producer and close friend Phil Collinson.[16] Three months later it was confirmed that Collins had joined the cast as Stella Price, new landlady of the Rovers Return pub, beating Lisa Maxwell for the role.[17] Her first episode aired on 16 June 2011 and gained a high rating of 8.4 million.[18] It was announced on 22 August 2013 that Collins had decided to leave Coronation Street. In January 2014, Collins claimed she was “unhappy” over the lack of screen time for her and her character. Collins filmed her final scenes on 19 February 2014, and made her final appearance as Stella on 2 April 2014.[19]

After Coronation Street[edit]

Since leaving Coronation Street, Collins has had various guest roles in television dramas such as Casualty (2014) as Samantha Kellman, Death in Paradise (2015) as Annette Burgess and in 2016 as Nadine Campbell in an episode of Midsomer Murders.

In 2016, Collins took part in the ITV reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Note(s)
1985 The Bill Sharon Bland Episode 2.9
1987–1989 Running Wild Stephanie Wild Regular Role
1988–1990, 1992–1998 EastEnders Cindy Beale Regular Role
1994 Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge Le Mesmer’s Assistant Episode 1.2
1999–2000 Sunburn Nicki Matthews
2001–2003 Two Thousand Acres of Sky Abby Wallace
2005 The Last Detective 1 Episode
2006 The Family Man Gillian
2007 Doctor Who Kath McDonnell Episode 3.7
2010 The Secret of Chimneys Treadwell
2011–2014 Coronation Street Stella Price Regular Role
2014 Casualty Samantha Kellman
2014 Children in Need Cindy Beale EastEnders special
2015 Death in Paradise Annette Burgess Episode 4.7
2016 Midsomer Murders Nadine Campbell Episode 18.2
2016 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Herself Contestant
2018 The Dumping Ground TBA TBA

Guest appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Collins has a daughter by ex-partner Fabrizio Tassalini, Maia Rose (born 29 September 1996),[21]

In 2014, Collins revealed that in 1998 – distraught by the end of her relationship with Tassalini and feeling career pressure – she attempted suicide while filming Sunburn in Cyprus. She took an overdose of sleeping pills but later woke up and asked her costar to take her to the hospital.[22]

After their split, Collins had an amicable relationship with Tassalini, who lived close by, and they raised their daughter together.[5]

Politics[edit]

In August 2014, Collins was one of 200 public figures to sign a letter to The Guardian in opposition to Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.[23]

Charity[edit]

Collins is involved in charitable causes. She is an ambassador for Oxfam and has visited Brazil, South Africa and Armenia, promoting the need for the basic right to education.[24] She is also an ambassador for Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism.[25] and patron for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation[26]