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Kimberley Walsh to play ‘sassy’ netball teacher who stirs up trouble in Ackley Bridge

She made her West End debut six years ago starring as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical. 

And Kimberley Walsh has scooped a role in the upcoming series of the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.

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The former Girls Aloud singer, 36, is said to stir up trouble in the school with the teachers, playing a sassy netball teacher Claire. 

Acting chops: Kimberley Walsh has scooped a role in the upcoming series of the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge

Kimberley told The Sun: ‘It was so much fun appearing as Claire in Ackley Bridge, it’s a fantastic show with a brilliant cast and it was an honour to be part of it.

‘Claire is sassy and strong and comes to blows a few times with Mandy, which was really fun to play. 

‘It was great fun working with Jo Joyner and Paul Nicholls on this storyline.’

Ruffling feathers: The former Girls Aloud singer, 36, is said to stir up trouble in the school with the teachers, playing a sassy netball teacher Claire

Ruffling feathers: The former Girls Aloud singer, 36, is said to stir up trouble in the school with the teachers, playing a sassy netball teacher Claire

The drama which debut last year, will return for a second series of twelve episodes, due to air in two parts.

Kimberley joins a talented cast, which includes EastEnders star Jo (Tanya Harding) as Headteacher Mandy Carter and Paul Nicholls (Joe Wicks) PE teacher Steve.

The singer will be at loggerheads with the headteacher due to her past relationship with her husband Steve. 

Relationships: Kimberley joins a talented cast, which includes EastEnders star Jo (Tanya Harding) as Headteacher Mandy Carter and Paul Nicholls (Joe Wicks) PE teacher Steve 

Relationships: Kimberley joins a talented cast, which includes EastEnders star Jo (Tanya Harding) as Headteacher Mandy Carter and Paul Nicholls (Joe Wicks) PE teacher Steve 

Drama: The school is set in the fictional Yorkshire mill town of Ackley Bridge and follows the merger of two schools in a segregated British and Asian community

Drama: The school is set in the fictional Yorkshire mill town of Ackley Bridge and follows the merger of two schools in a segregated British and Asian community

The school is set in the fictional Yorkshire mill town of Ackley Bridge and follows the merger of two schools in a segregated British and Asian community due to budget cuts.

It explore the turbulent school experience as well as the humour, relationships and conflict had by the pupils, teachers and parents.

Despite turning her hand to acting, rumours about Girls Aloud reforming for their 20th anniversary have been rife. 

The pop group – who have, since their split in 2013, been mired by rumours of acrimony – are said to be reforming to mark their forthcoming 20th anniversary.

According to The Sun, the reformation is the brainchild of Cheryl, who came up with the idea and approached good friends Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts about it.

 Nadine Coyle and Sarah Harding have now reportedly been approached about getting back together, and the wheels are supposedly in motion for a full reunion.

The group were formed in 2002 on ITV show Popstars: The Rivals before splitting in 2013 but now all five members are believed to be in contact for the first time in years. 

Girl Power: Despite turning her hand to acting, rumours about Girls Aloud reforming for their 20th anniversary have been rife

Girl Power: Despite turning her hand to acting, rumours about Girls Aloud reforming for their 20th anniversary have been rife



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