Ex-Brookside star to join Hollyoaks
Over The Rainbow contestant Stephanie Davis and former Brookside star Alex Fletcher are to join the cast of Hollyoaks as a new Liverpudlian family.
Alex, who played Brookie's Jacqui Farnham for more than a decade, will play Diane O'Connor, whose husband Rob (Gary Cargill) is appointed deputy head at Hollyoaks High.
Stephanie, who finished in seventh place in Andrew Lord Webber's BBC1 search for a Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, will play Rob's 15-year-old daughter Sinead.
Soap bosses said the couple will bring with them "a whole load of emotional baggage".
Rob brought up his two young children on his own after his first wife left them. Newcomer Connor Wilkinson will play his 12-year-old son Finn.
When he met Diane, she was happy to take on the ready-made family, but she is now desperate for a child of her own and has embarked on her second round of IVF treatment.
Alex, who was known to Brookie fans as Jacqui Dixon until she married Max Farnham, said: "I am delighted to be back filming at Lime Pictures where I started my career on Brookside.
"I worked with Paul on Brookside and I'm thrilled and honoured to be working with him again, especially as this is such an exciting time for Hollyoaks.
"I can't wait to see what else he has in store for the O'Connors and the show. And I'm really looking forward to working with Gary, Stephanie and Connor.
"We've already connected as a family and my real daughter was a huge fan of Over The Rainbow so she'll be delighted when I tell her that Stephanie is playing my daughter in Hollyoaks."