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Hollywood to Hollyoaks for Dallas star Linda Gray

By Lucy Mapstone

Published 18/08/2016

New role: Linda Gray
New role: Linda Gray

Dallas star Linda Gray has joined the cast of Hollyoaks.

The American actress will appear on the Channel 4 soap as Tabitha, the mother of Marnie Nightingale.

She is set to inject some Hollywood glamour into the Chester-based programme following the death of her character's husband.

Gray (75) is best known for appearing as Sue Ellen Ewing, the wife of JR Ewing in Dallas.

She appeared in the long-running US soap opera from its pilot episode in 1978 and was a major cast member until 1989.

The TV veteran reprised her role when Dallas was revived in 2012 until 2014.

Gray said of her new role: "I'm thrilled to be going from one iconic series to another and can't wait to work with the fantastic cast.

"Hollyoaks viewers are going to love it when Tabby whips up a storm just like Sue Ellen did."

Bryan Kirkwood, Hollyoaks executive producer, said: "When we came to discuss who could possibly play Marnie's mother, the list was very small."

He added that Lysette Anthony, who plays Marnie, "has fast become a fabulous soap bitch, so having Linda Gray play her mother Tabitha is the perfect fit".

"We can't wait to have an international TV icon arrive in Chester and become part of the Hollyoaks family."

Other recent additions to the Hollyoaks cast include ex-Strictly Come Dancing star Chelsee Healey and Blue singer Duncan James.

Belfast Telegraph

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