whats on

Dallas star Sue Ellen joins Hollyoaks

Hollywood legend Linda Gray will appear on the Lime Pictures soap set in Chester this autumn

Actress Linda Gray, who played Sue Ellen in Dallas

The actress who played Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas will be heading to Chester this autumn.

She may not be spotted on Bridge Street however as she is swapping Hollywood for Hollyoaks , the Channel 4 soap set in the city.

Linda Gray became world famous during her time playing the long-suffering alcoholic trophy wife of J.R Ewing in the American drama.

Now the 75-year-old is joining the cast of Hollyoaks as Marnie Nightingale’s mum Tabitha.

The actress will appear on the show for a week this autumn, but bosses could bring her back if she’s a hit with viewers. The Channel 4 soap is made in Childwall, by Lime Pictures.

Linda said: “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.”

Can Hollyoaks characters actually afford to live in Chester?

Her character joins the show following the death of her husband Charles. She has filled her days lunching with friends and going on the occasional date, but has never found anything like the sort of love she had with her husband.

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

“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.”

Linda starred in Dallas from 1978-1989 and returned for the recent reprise of the show in 2012.

View full mobile page