18 January 2013 7:46 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Former "Facts of Life" star Lisa Whelchel, a recent "Survivor" contestant, is heading back to the world of acting.

The 49-year-old has joined the cast of "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," People reported.

"I play the role of Nancy Porter, the country school principal," she told the mag. "I'm having fun!"

The actress appears to be having a blast being back in front of the camera, almost 25 years after her long-running sitcom ended.

"Tyler Perry is such a brilliant man," she continued. "He's a nice guy, and so funny when he gets in his Madea ...

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