Dallas star Linda Gray set for Hollyoaks debut

The first images of Dallas star Linda Gray in Hollyoaks reveal her character Tabby Maxwell-Brown receiving the phone call that will bring her to Chester.

The actress, 76, is best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing, the wife of Larry Hagman's infamous character JR Ewing in the 1980s series.

She will first appear in the E4 soap Hollyoaks tomorrow when Tabby's daughter Marnie Nightingale, played by Lysette Anthony, calls her at her home in Los Angeles.

Marnie has recently reunited with her ex-husband Mac Nightingale and phones her mother to break the news 

Gray said: "I'm thrilled to be going from one iconic series to another. Hollyoaks viewers are going to love it when Tabby whips up a storm, just like Sue Ellen did."

Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of Hollyoaks, added: "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."

Gray's first episode will air on E4 tomorrow at 7pm and on Channel 4 on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

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