Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Michelle Collins wrapped up warm as she stepped out for a low-key dog walk in London on Tuesday night with her beau Mike Davison. 

The former EastEnders and Coronation Street actress, 59, looked casual in a white fluffy coat as she got some fresh air with Mike, 37, who is 22 years her junior. 

The couple have been together for more than eight years after being introduced by her niece. 

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Out and about: Michelle Collins wrapped up warm as she stepped out for a low-key dog walk in London on Tuesday night with her beau Mike Davison

Michelle teamed her long, warm coat with a pair of black trousers and chunky leather boots.

She also made sure to put safety first by donning a face mask before heading into a shop to buy some groceries with the couple’s adorable dog Peggy. 

Meanwhile, Mike also kept things low-key in a black jacket and blue jumper which he paired with jeans and trainers. 

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Walk: The former EastEnders and Coronation Street actress, 59, looked casual in a white fluffy coat as she got some fresh air with Mike, 37, who is 22 years her junior

The pair began dating in late 2012, after they were set up by Michelle’s niece, who is said to have worked for Mike at a retail store.

At the time that rumours began to swirl about their romance, Michelle was coy about confirming things, though she couldn’t help but gush about being in love.

She said: ‘I don’t want to tempt fate by talking about my personal life.

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Dog-sitting: Meanwhile, Mike also kept things low-key in a black jacket and blue jumper which he paired with jeans and trainers

‘I want to avoid the curse of celebrity magazines, where as soon as people reveal how blissfully in love they are it all falls apart! All I’ll say is I’m enjoying life right now.’ 

The relationship mirrors Michelle’s former Corrie storyline, where she played Stella Price from 2011 to 2014, in which she indulged in a steamy romance with a then 29-year-old Jason Grimshaw, played by Ryan Thomas.

Michelle has never been married, but has a 23-year-old daughter Maia Rose from her relationship with Fabrizio Tassalini who passed away in 2014.

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA
, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Couple: The pair began dating in late 2012, after they were set up by Michelle’s niece, who is said to have worked for Mike at a retail store (pictured in 2019) 

She has also been in relationships with cameraman Mark Waters and Parry Cockwell, to whom she was engaged before the pair called off their wedding and split in 2005.

The actress, who is perhaps best known for her portray of Cindy Beale on EastEnders in the 90s, has kept relatively out of the spotlight during the pandemic however did spark two debates on Twitter during lockdown.  

In March last year, she revealed she had been ‘bullied and vilified’ for choosing to privately educate her daughter. 

Michelle said she’d been heavily criticised on the social media platform educating daughter Maia, now 23, away from the state school system.

The celebrity told her 191,000 followers that she had been left staggered at the ‘nastiness’ on Twitter in response to her speaking about why she wanted to pay for Maia’s education.   

While in July Michelle was involved in another Twitter spat after she shared a picture of a homeless man she ‘had to step over’ in London. 

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Proud mum: It comes after Michelle sparked a Twitter debate back in March when she revealed her daughter Maia had gone to a private school (pictured together at her graduation in 2019)

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Debate: She explained how she couldn’t ‘believe the nastiness on Twitter’ about the revelation 

She wrote: ‘I’m not sure if this is voyeurism but I had to take this picture of a man in a sleeping bag in Highgate on the pavement (very affluent area) at 12.30. He was fast asleep and I had to step over him. I felt quite disgusted that this is happening.’

People flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the post, with some slamming Michelle for not doing more to help the man.

However others supported her, with one penning: ‘I wouldn’t call this voyeuristic Michelle. I’d say you’re calling out something that is sad, unacceptable and heartbreaking.’

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Snap: While in July Michelle was involved in another Twitter spat after she shared a picture of a homeless man she ‘had to step over’ in London 

, Michelle Collins, 59, steps out for a low-key dog walk with beau Mike Davison, 37, The Today News USA

Furore: She wrote: ‘I’m not sure if this is voyeurism but I had to take this picture of a man in a sleeping bag in Highgate on the pavement (very affluent area) at 12.30’