Michelle Collins abused by teenagers on Tube train
16:23 18 January 2013
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Actress Michelle Collins has told of how she was threatened during a confrontation with a group of youths on a London Underground train.
The Coronation Street star, who plays Stella Price in the ITV soap, said she was on the Tube on her way to a party for co-star Charlie Condou when the trouble started.
She told ITV’s This Morning: “It was about 7.15pm and I was minding my own business. In fact I was reading my script on the train with a pair of reading glasses on, which their first question was: ‘What are you wearing sunglasses for on the Tube?’
“I said: ‘They’re actually reading glasses.’
“There was about 10 of them that got on and they said ‘It’s that Stella bird from Corrie.’ I went ‘Sshh, don’t say anything’.
“It just got really heated. It was unpredictable behaviour which I think is quite scary and you can tell that they’ve been drinking.
“When people are en masse - they were only 16, 17 - but it got very, very heated and it wasn’t very nice. And the worst thing was that nobody did anything in the carriage. One girl actually when I came off said: ‘Are you OK cos that was really horrible?’
She added: “It was abusive, verbally very, very abusive behaviour which just isn’t very nice actually to anybody. You don’t need that, and when nobody does anything.
“It’s a sad indictment of our society that we don’t get involved. I think if it was me I maybe would have done something but you don’t know. It wasn’t very nice.”