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'Coronation Street' Star Michelle Collins Has Toyboy Lover, Just Like Her 'Corrie' Character

21/03/2013 09:52 GMT

Life is imitating art for 'Coronation Street' star Michelle Collins after she fell for a toyboy 22 years her junior - just like her 'Corrie' character, Stella Price.

According to The Mirror, the 51-year-old actress has been dating shop owner Mike Davison, 29, for four months after being set up by her niece.

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A source told the paper: “It is still very early days but Mike thinks Michelle is absolutely amazing.

“He’s always had a bit of a thing for older women and fancied Michelle from Corrie. He asked Michelle’s niece, with whom he’s good pals, for an introduction and the couple clicked immediately.

“Mike’s a great looking guy and very mature for his age. He has introduced her to his friends and met a few of hers.

“Things are going great and they’re both really happy.”

In the ITV soap, Rovers Return landlady Stella - played by Michelle - has dumped her lover Karl for a younger model - in the shape of Jason Grimshaw, played by Ryan Thomas.

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Meanwhile, Michelle has opened up about her battle with anorexia and bulimia at the start of her career - and revealed she was once mistaken for a heroin addict because she looked so unwell.

The former EastEnder - whose weight plummeted to just five stone - said: "I went to audition 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 I needed."

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