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Hayley gets a thoroughly modern makeover as musical heroine Millie

Hayley Tamaddon tops the cast billing in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Hayley Tamaddon tops the cast billing in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Blackpool stage and screen star Hayley Tamaddon is back out on the road in her latest role.

The ex-Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress is playing the lead role Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie on a UK tour - although there’s no plans for it to come to her home town, as yet.

Hayley Tamaddon with co-star Michael Colbourne in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hayley Tamaddon with co-star Michael Colbourne in Thoroughly Modern Millie

The show is back out on tour after a successful run last year, starring former Strictly Come Dancing professional Joanne Clifton.

The Tony Award-winning musical, based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, is set in the midst of 1920s New York.

It tells the tale of a Kansas girl determined to make it in the Big Apple and to marry for money instead of love; a thoroughly modern idea at the time.

Hayley, who grew up in Bispham, said: "I'm loving playing the role of Millie, even though it's the hardest role I’ve ever played as I never leave the stage - but the cast are amazing and we are having so much fun.

Hayley Tamaddon in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hayley Tamaddon in Thoroughly Modern Millie

"It's a real feel good show with a lot of slapstick style comedy for all the family."

Hayley, 40, is best known for her roles in Emmerdale, Coronation Street.

Her theatre credits include Roxie Hart in Chicago, The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, A Chorus Line (Sheffield Theatres) and Mamma Mia (West End).

She took the title when she appeared on Dancing On Ice's fifth series with fellow resort celebrity, professional skater Dan Whiston, returning for the 2014 All Stars series.

Hayley Tamaddon with co-star Michael Colbourne in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hayley Tamaddon with co-star Michael Colbourne in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie won six Tony Awards and is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film.

The show has direction and choreography by Racky Plews, with musical direction from Rob Wicks.