EastEnders star Michelle Collins is MARRIED tp Mike Davidson


EastEnders star Michelle Collins has tied the knot with her toyboy lover Mike Davidson at Islington Town Hall on Wednesday. 

The 60-year-old soap star, best known for playing Cindy Beale, looked incredible in a white jumpsuit as she said ‘I do’ to her long-term love, before kissing one another outside on the street while clutching glasses of champagne. 

The happy couple were covered in confetti as they exited the town hall, with Michelle wearing a floral garland atop her head. Mike mirrored her style in a white jacket which he wore over a black shirt and trousers. 

EastEnders star Michelle Collins is MARRIED! Cindy Beale actress, 60, wore a white jumpsuit to tie the knot with toyboy Mike Davidson, 38, at Islington Town Hall on Wednesday

All white: Michelle, best known for playing Cindy Beale, looked incredible in a white jumpsuit as she said 'I do' to her long-term love, before kissing one another outside on the street while clutching glasses of champagne

Details: Michelle wearing a floral garland atop her head

All white: Michelle, best known for playing Cindy Beale, looked incredible in a white jumpsuit as she said ‘I do’ to her long-term love, before kissing one another outside on the street while clutching glasses of champagne

The couple left to start married life in a classic white convertible which had been decorated in ribbon. 

Michelle’s former co-star Adam Woodyatt, who played Cindy’s ex-husband on EastEnders, was also in attendance but looked fairly casual in blue trousers and a striped shirt. 

The pair’s characters were fairly acrimonious on EastEnders. Cindy famously died in childbirth while in prison. 

She had been sent down after being sent down for hiring a hitman to kill Ian when he says he will take her to court over custody of their children, in a storyline that aired in 1998. 

Long-term love: Michelle revealed on social media in April that Mike had popped the question on a hike up Temescal Canyon in Los Angeles – a decade after the pair first met

Long-term love: Michelle revealed on social media in April that Mike had popped the question on a hike up Temescal Canyon in Los Angeles – a decade after the pair first met

Familiar: Michelle's former co-star Adam Woodyatt, who played Cindy's ex-husband on EastEnders, was also in attendance but looked a little too casual in blue trousers and a striped shirt and trainers

Sad end: The pair's characters were fairly acrimonious on EastEnders. Cindy famously died in childbirth while in prison

Familiar: Michelle’s former co-star Adam Woodyatt, who played Cindy’s ex-husband on EastEnders, was also in attendance but looked a little too casual in blue trousers and a striped shirt and trainers 

A look back: Cindy had been sent down after being sent down for hiring a hitman to kill Ian when he says he will take her to court over custody of their children, in a storyline that aired in 1998, (pictured)

A look back: Cindy had been sent down after being sent down for hiring a hitman to kill Ian when he says he will take her to court over custody of their children, in a storyline that aired in 1998, (pictured) 

Also present on the day was Lord Michael Cashman – who is better known for his political career than his acting ability these days.

He found fame on EastEnders 36 years ago as Colin Russell and returned to the show in 2016 for a brief stint. 

The former Labour MEP appeared on the programme for three years from 1986 and hit the headlines the following year when his character shared the first gay kiss in a British soap opera.

The star used the platform EastEnders gave him to raise awareness for LGBT rights, founding charity Stonewall in 1989. He was an MEP for the West Midlands from 1999 until 2014, when he was appointed to the House of Lords.

Youthful beauty: Michelle looked incredible as she flashed a smile outside the venue with her bouquet of flowers in hand

Looking good: She placed a matching jacket over her shoulders as she celebrated her partnership

Youthful beauty: Michelle looked incredible as she flashed a smile outside the venue with her bouquet of flowers in hand 

Making memories: The happy couple posed for pictures in the sunshine, with Mike placing his arms around his new bride's waist

Making memories: The happy couple posed for pictures in the sunshine, with Mike placing his arms around his new bride’s waist 

Nice wheels: The couple left to start married life in a classic white convertible which had been decorated in ribbon

Nice wheels: The couple left to start married life in a classic white convertible which had been decorated in ribbon

Soap star Michelle confirmed her engagement to Mike in April by sharing an image from a friend’s account on her Instagram Stories. 

The snap showed the screen star sipping champagne with the caption: ‘The bride to be @michellecollins.’

Now, she has told their friends that they no longer saw the point in waiting to tie the knot as they have been dating for a decade, according to The Sun.

A source said she told pals: ‘We know it’s late notice, but we’ve been together for 10 years and what’s the point in waiting.

Pucker up: The couple couldn't stop kissing one another as they put on their wedding bands for the first time

Pucker up: The couple couldn’t stop kissing one another as they put on their wedding bands for the first time 

Hot out there: Michelle removed her jacket after the ceremony as she stood out in the sunshine

Smart entrance: She had worn it over her shoulders to say her vows

Hot out there: Michelle removed her jacket after the ceremony as she stood out in the sunshine 

Absolutely stunning: Her bridal jumpsuit had a glamorous train which her friends held out for her

Absolutely stunning: Her bridal jumpsuit had a glamorous train which her friends held out for her 

‘We thought life is too short and we want to see all of our friends and celebrate.’

It is claimed that after the ceremony, guests will be hosted at a reception in a split-level private bar in North London, which features a pub with a Venetian chandelier and heated roof terrace.

Michelle revealed on social media in April that Mike had popped the question on a hike up Temescal Canyon in Los Angeles – a decade after the pair first met.

She told her Instagram followers: ‘So this happened in #la he got down on bended knee while we were on top of #temescalcanyon basically no one else around just us.

Former colleagues: A host of family and friends were pictured outside the venue, including Lord Michael Cashman, (centre) - who is better known for his political career than his acting ability these days

Former colleagues: A host of family and friends were pictured outside the venue, including Lord Michael Cashman, (centre) – who is better known for his political career than his acting ability these days

‘It’s #beautfiul and I’m #happy #10years this April about time I think (sic).’

The actress previously hit out at critics of the 22-year age gap between the duo and was frustrated to be branded as a ‘cougar’.

Michelle – who has also appeared in Coronation Street and Doctor Who – said in 2018: ‘Mike is 22 years younger than me and I’m regarded as a predator. It drives me mad. People call him my toyboy beau. He’s nearly 35, for God’s sake.

‘He turned to me the other day and said, ‘Surely I’m not still your toyboy, am I?’

‘I laugh about it now but it is annoying. And I hate that word cougar. I can’t stand it. I find it so demeaning. A cougar is a predator going around looking for young flesh. I’m certainly not like that.’

All the details: Michelle's jacket had pearls going down the sleeves as her husband picked up her train

All the details: Michelle’s jacket had pearls going down the sleeves as her husband picked up her train

I did it! Michelle punched the air as she climbed into her car as a married woman

I did it! Michelle punched the air as she climbed into her car as a married woman 

Posing up a storm: She had some snaps taken with a friend on the steps of the town hall

Posing up a storm: She had some snaps taken with a friend on the steps of the town hall  

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