Michelle Collins has spoken of how spirits have guided her throughout her life, including the time she was “regressed” back to Victorian London.

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She said: “I’ve been regressed twice. I was a young girl, living in London in Victorian times and my baby had died.”

The 51-year-old former EastEnders actress has also seen ghosts.

She added: “When I was 15, I saw my best friend’s spirit.
She was 16 when she suddenly died of a heart attack on a school trip.

“I wasn’t scared. I’ve always felt that she has been with me throughout my life, guiding me.

“I also saw a ghost while staying in an old nunnery in Italy. I woke up in the night and saw a hooded figure at the end of my bed.”

The spirit world has taken a keen interest in Collins’s TV career, not least when she joined Coronation Street as Rovers Return landlady Stella Price last year.

Collins thought about quitting after being panned for her attempt at a Manchester accent, until she was convinced otherwise by her psychic Cara and life coach Simon.

She told Spirit and Destiny magazine: “I was nervous to be joining Corrie, so when I was slated, I seriously considered walking away.

“But Cara and Simon gave me the confidence to stay, to defy my critics and prove myself.”