'They thought I was a heroin addict': Michelle Collins reveals how battle with bulimia cost her acting roles

By J J Anisiobi

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In the past: Michelle Collins revealed that her battle with bulimia had people thinking she looked like a heroin addict

In the past: Michelle Collins revealed that her battle with bulimia had people thinking she looked like a heroin addict

Michelle Collins' battle with bulimia left her so thin that at one point she was mistaken for a heroin addict.

The Coronation Street star, who plays landlady Stella Price in the soap, was given a wake-up call early in her acting career when she was snubbed for a fashion commercial because the casters thought she was taking drugs.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'I went to auditions for a fashion commercial and they said they didn't think I was quite right for it because I wasn't upmarket enough.

'Later that day my agent called to see if I was OK and told me that actually I had looked so awful the casters had thought I was a heroin addict and wanted to know if I was on drugs.

That was the wake up call she needed to sort out her illness and get her body back into a healthy shape.

The 50-year-old actress admitted she used alcohol as a replacement for food and opened up about how she had the 'body of a child'.

Michelle said that her lifestyle became a running joke amongst friends and family and they would joke about how she would only eat salad but still drink large amounts of alcohol.

The mother-of-one would starve herself all day and then binge on anything she could get her hands on.

Feeling full: Michelle, pictured right in 1998, used to drink alcohol instead of eating food
Feeling full: Michelle, pictured right in 1998, used to drink alcohol instead of eating food

Feeling full: Michelle, pictured right in 1998, used to drink alcohol instead of eating food

Michelle also admitted to that she believed alcohol had fewer calories than food and that is why she used to drink so much of it.

Although she knew she had the body of a child she continued to starve herself and then again binge eat, continuously stuck in the vicious cycle.

Michelle, who now works with charity b-eat, admitted she's scared for her 16-year-old daughter Maia because of the pressure to look a certain way.

Seeing 15 and 16-year-old girls posting photographs of themselves online in their underwear is something she hopes doesn't affect Maia.

Family matters: Michelle, pictured with daughter Maia in 2012, is worried that the pressure to be thin is too much for young girls

Family matters: Michelle, pictured with daughter Maia in 2012, is worried that the pressure to be thin is too much for young girls



 

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Her daughter is beautiful x

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Er, I don't think Maia seems too worried about the pressure to be thin!

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i think she can stop worrying about her daughter now.

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i think she can stop worrying about her daughter now.

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Her daughter may be beautiful, but she is very unhealthy. For her own good for the future she should eat well.

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Too much surgery. She looked old when she was in Eastenders. Haggered skin just like her mother.

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Least it hast rubbed off onto her daughter

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i think she can stop worrying about her daughter.

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Her daughter has not inherited the same gene by the looks of it!

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still think she looks like Cameron diaz in pic above

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