24 August 2010

Michelle Collins is the latest soap star to speak out in support of women choosing Botox to help them hold on to their youth - though the former EastEnders star would not reveal whether she had used the wrinkle-relaxing treatment herself. "It's a woman's prerogative not to tell," Michelle told Hello magazine in a recent interview. "But I have nothing against Botox. Why not have it if it makes you feel and look better?"The 48-year-old actress, who previously played Cindy Beale in the long-running BBC soap, is about to return to TV screens in Casualty, and revealed that she no longer worries about ageing. "I'm not scared of getting older. Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, and Julie Walters are my role models," she said. "Julie is the only actress I know who can get away with doing an Asda commercial and then winning a BAFTA. Now that's what I call a class act." Earlier this month, Michelle appeared without make-up in a photo shoot for Closer magazine, where she said she felt happier in her appearance now than when she was in her 20s. "Ive never seen myself as a natural beauty but I think Ive grown into my looks as Ive aged," Michelle said. "I eat well, I take pride in looking after myself and I dont think I look bad. I probably look better now than I did in EastEnders 20 years ago." Michelle also stated her belief the key to a long TV career is to be able to reinvent yourself. As well as appearing in Casualty, it has also been announced that Michelle will join the tour of Calendar Girls as a replacement for Bernie Nolan.