A MUCH loved soap star and TV presenter will head up the cast for Venue Cymru's 2019 panto.

Loose Women and Coronation Street actor Sherrie Hewson will return to Llandudno in December for Sleeping Beauty following a sensational showing in Benidorm Live in April.

The soap queen is also no doubt familiar for roles in Emmerdale, Crossroads and the legendary Carry On films, and will join the cast as Nurse Temple Savage for Qdos Entertainment take on the classic tale.

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Loose Women presenter and Coronation Street star Sherrie Hewson. Picture: Steve Lawton Photography

Qdos Entertainment’s executive producer of the show Jonathan Kiley said: “Without question Sherrie is a national treasure, not only a wonderful comic actress but one of pantomime’s best leading ladies.

"We’re planning plenty of wonderful surprises to ensure this year’s production will be packed full of laughter, festive magic and fun for all the family.”

Joining Hewson as Muddles, the hilarious court jester, will be Britain’s Got Talent contestant, ventriloquist and panto star Kieran Powell and Friends - a staple on the comedy scene for a number of years who has appeared in the West End, on tour across the UK and on board some of the world’s finest cruise liners.

Completing the line-up will be Llandudno’s favourite Dame, Nigel Ellacott, starring as The Queen. No stranger to Llandudno, Sleeping Beauty marks his fourth pantomime appearance at Venue Cymru.

Sarah Ecob, Venue Cymru’s general manager, said: “We’re thrilled that Sherrie is heading back to Venue Cymru for the festive season. Nigel has already proved himself very popular with the Llandudno audiences and Kieran will bring something new to our stage for 2019. "

To catch the cast for some good, old fashioned festive fun, tickets are available now for shows starting on Saturday, December 7 at 2pm.

Tickets start at £19.50, to book visit venuecymru.co.uk or call the box office on 01492 872000