Michelle Collins describes 'emotional' wedding day after marrying partner of 10 years

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Michelle Collins has got married for the first time aged 60. (Getty Images)
Michelle Collins has got married for the first time aged 60. (Getty Images)

Michelle Collins has confessed she and her new husband never thought they'd get married, after tying the knot in an emotional ceremony.

The 60-year-old star of EastEnders and Coronation Street exchanged wedding vows with 39-year-old partner Michael Davidson at Islington Town Hall in London on 8 August after 10 years of dating.

Collins told OK! magazine: “My mum [Mary] had passed away [last year], my daughter [Maia] was away. It was an incredibly emotional day because I kind of never thought I would actually get married and Michael didn’t really want to get married.

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“It was very emotional because, as Michael said in his speech, we’ve lost a lot of people and there were a lot of people who couldn’t be there.”

The soap star - who competed in Celebrity MasterChef last year - wore a white trouser suit and a wreath of white flowers in her hair. Davidson wore a white blazer with black t-shirt and trousers.

They travelled to their reception at The Chapel Bar in a white convertible Volkswagen Beetle and celebrated with guests including Collins' former EastEnders co-star Adam Woodyatt. He played her husband Ian Beale in the BBC soap, in which she made her name as Cindy Beale.

Collins said: "I’m close to Adam, I’ve known him for a long time and we’ve grown up together."

Other celebrity guests included Gillian Taylforth, who played her mother-in-law Kathy Beale.

Collins is still grieving the death of her mother, who died last year after a two-year battle with cancer.

She revealed that pictures of her late mother were shown at the ceremony and the party.

Adam Woodyatt was a guest at Michelle Collins' wedding. (Getty Images)
Adam Woodyatt was a guest at Michelle Collins' wedding. (Getty Images)

The Corrie star said: "And we had a loop of photos and she was in a lot of them. I know she would have been really proud and she would have been proud we did it in Islington where we’re from. And The Chapel Bar … We used to go to Chapel Street market and my mum used to buy me a toy every Sunday.”

Collins has never been married before.

She has a 24-year-old daughter Maia from her relationship with Fabrizio Tassalini. They split in 1998 and he died from liver cancer in 2014.

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Collins starred in EastEnders between 1988 and 1998.

She also played Rovers Return landlady Stella Price in Coronation Street between 2011 and 2014.

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