Michelle Collins is the latest former soap star to be linked to the third run of the revamped sci-fi series Doctor Who, starring David Tennant.

She will play a character called McConnell, who is described as “a tough woman fighting for her life in the far future”.

Michelle joins the likes of Sir Derek Jacobi, Coronation Street veteran Thelma Barlow and Ardal O’Hanlon as a guest star in the forthcoming season.

The actress, who recently hit the headlines after quitting West End musical Daddy Cool, is arguably best known for playing Cindy Beale in EastEnders. The character was one of the most manipulative the soap had ever seen. She cheated on her husband Ian (Adam Woodyatt), before famously attempting to have him bumped off.

The men in her life included Simon Wicks, a liaison which resulted in Cindy becoming pregnant with her first child, Steven. She also had a fling with Simon’s hunky half-brother David – but her attempts to sink her claws into him only made him back away faster. The mischief-making minx did eventually get her comeuppance when her Italian lover left her to rot in jail – despite being pregnant with his child.

Since quitting EastEnders in 1998, Michelle has gone on to star in a variety of programmes, including Two Thousand Acres Of Sky and award-laden drama, The Illustrated Mum.