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Strictly's Laura is an arresting prospect

By Eddie McIlwaine

Irish broadcaster Laura Whitmore (31), who shone briefly in Strictly Come Dancing before stumbling in the samba and being voted out, is coming to the Grand Opera House in Belfast in a play with a curious title. Tickets go on sale today at the box office for the murder-mystery Not Dead Enough, which is scheduled to be on stage from June 26 for a week-long run.

Laura will play the role of a girl called Cleo Morey, who brings vital evidence to the attention of Superintendent Roy Grace, a part shared by Shane Richie of EastEnders and Bill Ward (ex-Emmerdale).

The plot centres around Brian Bishop (Stephen Billington of Coronation Street), who claims he was 60 miles away in bed the night his wife was murdered.

Laura is an old girl of the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, where Not Dead Enough will also be staged for a week from April 18 at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

She was in tears after being the seventh dancer to be voted out of Strictly, but has since dried her eyes after landing this plum role.

The Peter James novel on which the play is based was published in 2007.

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