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Dallas star Linda Gray set to join cast of Hollyoaks in new role

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/08/2016 Jennifer ruby

US soap icon Linda Gray is set to join the cast of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

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The 75-year-old actress, who is best known for playing Sue Ellen in long-running 1980s show Dallas, has signed up for a role on the Chester-based soap.

Confirming the news on Wednesday, the US star revealed that she will be playing new character Tabitha, who is the mother of Marnie Nightingale.

“I’m thrilled to be going from one iconic series to another and can’t wait to work with the fantastic cast,” Gray said in a statement.

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

The show’s executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: “When we came to discuss who could possibly play Marnie’s mother the list was very small.

“Lysette Anthony 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.”

Gray rose to fame when she joined the cast of Dallas back in 1978, playing the wife of Larry Hagman’s notorious J.R Ewing.

She remained in the role until 1989, gaining a number of Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Gray is no stranger to UK entertainment scene after starring as Mrs Robinson in The Graduate on the West End stage in 2001 and in Terms of Endearment at the Theatre Royal, York in 2007.


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