Outgoing Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins is to join BBC1 medical drama Casualty for a guest stint this summer.
Collins will be seen on screen from July when her character Samantha is injured after coming to the aid of a competitive father who has suffered a heart attack following a head-to-head race with his son. Paramedic Jeff (Matt Bardock) will treat Samantha at the scene, with flirtations soon leading to a relationship for the pair. But show bosses are promising that a secret held by Samantha will "turn both their worlds upside down".
Speaking today, Collins said: "I got offered the guest role in Casualty very soon after finishing Corrie. I jumped at the chance of playing a character so different so quickly; it was exciting to be stepping into something new. Playing Stella [on Corrie] was great fun, but it was thrilling to have a challenge of an entirely different role. Londoner Samantha is nothing like Stella - I dyed my hair to leave Stella behind which fitted in well with the role.
"I'm pleased to be involved in another hit drama TV show so soon, even if it's just for a short while. Since leaving Corrie, it's been great to get my teeth into different characters and I'm looking forward to new opportunities which have been coming my way."
Casualty's executive producer Oliver Kent added: "We can’t wait for everyone to meet Samantha and see where her story goes over the two months she’s on screen. Michelle has been absolutely brilliant and her arrival is set to have a huge impact on one of the show’s most loved characters.”
Michelle Collins is set to bow out of Corrie in next week's episodes as former Rovers landlady Stella Price exits Weatherfield for a new life in New York. Speaking about her co-star's departure, screen daughter Catherine Tyldesley (who plays Eva Price) revealed this week: "Michelle was my friend as well as my colleague. I’m going to really miss having her around. When we did those last scenes it wasn’t hard to make Eva cry as the tears were my own."