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Coronation Street bosses recast Bethany Platt

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'Coronation Street' bosses have recast the role of Bethany Platt. Producers of the ITV soap axed 25-year-old actress Katie Redford last week after it emerged she'd lied about her age, pretending to be 19-years-old so she could play the 14-year-old daughter of returning character Sarah Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien). Lucy Fallon from Blackpool, who is actually 19-years-old, will start filming scenes this week, just days after landing her first ever TV role on the Manchester based drama. She said: ''Walking onto the set was surreal and nerve wracking but everyone has been really welcoming and I am thrilled to have been given this »

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Dynamo stuns fans with Fiat 500X illusion

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Dynamo stunned fans by making a new Fiat 500X car ''appear from nowhere'' last night (28.01.15). The 32-year-old magician had been working on the 'Power of X' illusion for three years and he didn't disappoint the crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Copper Box Arena, east London, as he conjured up a three-dimensional blueprint of the motor before bringing it to life. A source told Bang Showbiz: ''It was incredible. One minute there was just an outline of the new car and then suddenly he made it appear from nowhere. Then he got in it and drove off the »

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Sam Faiers launches eyelashes range

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Sam Faiers' ''perfect eyelashes'' were inspired by her Trichotillomania condition. The former 'The Only Way Is Essex' star launched her Lashes By Samantha collection in central London last night (28.01.15) and admitted she wears false eyelashes every day because of her struggles with the impulse disorder, which makes people feel compelled to pull their hair out. Speaking at the event, she said: ''Growing up I had a disorder where I pick them out, which is a terrible habit and I haven't got over it yet. ''All the team got together and were like, 'Right, let's make the perfect lash.' '' The star's »

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Julie Walters 'ignorant' about British empire

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Julie Walters was ''ignorant'' about the history of the British Empire before making 'Indian Summers'. The 64-year-old actress has confessed she knew very little about British-run India before signing up to star in the new Channel 4 period drama, which is set in the country in 1932. Walters plays ''east end girl'' Cynthia, who rises to social success during her time in India, in the new show and admits she'd been ''ignorant'' about the period in history before researching the role. She said: ''I didn't know anything about the real lives, especially working class folk being out there. When it has »

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Jamelia: Lynda's family pleased with NTAs tribute

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Lynda Bellingham's family were delighted with the 'Loose Women' panellists' National Television Awards tribute to the late star. The talk show's stars Coleen Nolan, Jane Moore, Kaye Adams and Jamelia all donned black outfits at the ceremony earlier this month and added various orange accessories, including handbags and shoes, in a nod to the TV star's charity Action Against Cancer. Jamelia - who is currently working with the British Heart Foundation and Warburtons to educate the nation about a healthy balance diet - exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It was something that was very important to show a tribute to her in »

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Perez Hilton asked Katie Hopkins to perform sex act

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'Celebrity Big Brother' bosses axed scenes in which Perez Hilton asked Katie Hopkins to perform a sex act on him. The gossip blogger was seen harassing and trying to lick the outspoken star in last night's (28.01.15) episode of the Channel 5 show and it's now been revealed producers decided to remove even more explicit scenes from the hour-long instalment. Perez was seen ''frantically thrusting his hips'' at the married mother-of-two before asking her to ''lick it good, suck this d**k just like you should'', The Sun newspaper reports. The 36-year-old star - whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira - was »

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Downton Abbey 'will end this year'

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'Downton Abbey' will end for good later this year. The popular ITV period drama, which features Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham, is reportedly set to reach its conclusion at the end of the sixth series, with Hugh scheduled to start work on a new project about 19th century New York. A source explained: ''It's an open secret that 'Downton' is ending this year. ''Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the Us, where 'Downton' is as popular as it is in the UK.'' Some of »

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Patsy Kensit on Celebrity Big Brother contestants' 'riders'

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Patsy Kensit claims all 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestants have a ''rider''. The 46-year-old actress came under fire earlier this week when it was revealed she'd been having secret spray-tans in the reality show house, but, after being evicted, she's now insisted she wasn't the only one to receive special treatment. Asked if she'd had spray tans in the diary room, Patsy said: ''No, not in the diary room. I was allowed to have two spray tans in three weeks because I look like I've got consumption when I go really white because I've got yellow in my skin and it's not a »

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Beverley Callard: Anne's funeral was beautiful

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Beverley Callard says Anne Kirkbride's funeral was ''beautiful''. The 'Coronation Street' star was among the mourners at her friend and co-star's funeral on Tuesday (27.01.15) and thinks the actress - who died of cancer aged 60 last week - would have been ''proud'' of the small private service arranged by her husband David Beckett. She Tweeted: ''My friend Annie had a beautiful send off today! Dave did her proud!!! No show biz, no hypocrisy! A truly beautiful, loving Goodbye!! X (sic)'' Beverley made a speech at the funeral and was praised for her ''warm and touching'' words. One Twitter user wrote: ''Your »

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Patsy Kensit planning to go horse riding with Katie Price

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Patsy Kensit is planning to go horse riding with Katie Price. The former 'Emmerdale' actress has confessed she got on well with the 36-year-old star in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house as they bonded over their love of animals and have planned to go horse riding together once the show is over. Quizzed on whether the former glamour model's conversations about her sex life with her ex-partners made her feel uncomfortable, Patsy said: ''No, not at all. I think she's great. We both love horses and I'm probably going to go riding with her because I grew up with, I don't know »

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Mark Wright thought James 'Arg' Argent's sister fancied him

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Mark Wright thought James 'Arg' Argent's sister had a crush on him when she appeared on 'Take Me Out'. The 28-year-old star - who co-hosts the series' ITV2 spin-off show 'Take Me Out - The Gossip' alongside Laura Jackson - admitted he found it ''weird'' when his former 'The Only Way Is Essex' co-star and best pal's sister Natasha chose a contestant claiming to be the ''Scottish Mark Wright'' to be her date. He told Bang Showbiz: ''It was really weird actually. I was fine about it. To be honest once she was there it wasn't really like I knew »

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Patsy Kensit compares 'Celebrity Big Brother' to psychiatric hospital

28 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST

Patsy Kensit has compared the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house to a psychiatric hospital. The 46-year-old actress - who was voted off the Channel 5 show last night (27.01.15) - admits she never imagined the experience would be as hard as it was and has likened it to the Jack Nicholson film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', insisting her passion for meditating helped her through the drama between contestants including Perez Hilton and Katie Hopkins. Asked if she would do it again, Patsy said: ''I don't think so. I don't think so because I think you can't ... I know girls that »

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Rakhee Thakrar: EastEnders anniversary scripts 'censored'

28 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST

Rakhee Thakrar claims the scripts for EastEnders' 30th anniversary are ''mostly censored''. The 30-year-old actress, who plays Shabnam Masood on the BBC One soap, has revealed that although the cast have been rehearsing for their upcoming live and semi-live episodes, the majority of the scripts are still ''censored'' so as to not give away who killed Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater). Quizzed on whether she and co-star Davood Ghadami (Kush) are involved in the live hour-long episode, she said: ''We did a rehearsal the other day. It's like a play. It's really tight but very well organised. ''No one knows anything, every script we »

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Diversity launch kids contest

28 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST

Diversity are on the hunt to find their own ''#miniversity''. The 'Britain's Got Talent' stars are looking for the five best young dancers in the UK, who will get to perform with them on stage at Butlins, which have launched special 'Dance with Diversity' breaks and discovered street dance is the most popular style amongst 4-11 year olds. To celebrate the contest, Butlins commissioned a survey of 500 youngsters to find their favourite dance moves, with Psy's 'Gangnam Style' topping the list ahead of breakdancing, pirouetting and Michael Jackson's famous Moonwalk. Diversity's Ashley Banjo said: ''Dancing is a great way to express yourself, »

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Jane and Ian Beale's wedding song to be chosen by viewers

28 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST

Jane and Ian Beale will walk down the aisle to a song chosen by 'EastEnders' viewers. The on-screen couple, played by Laurie Brett and Adam Woodyatt, are to tie the knot for a second time next month and it's now been revealed fans of the BBC One soap will be given the chance to vote for the music they'd like to hear played during the ceremony. The nuptials of Walford's longest running character are tied into the popular drama's 30th anniversary week of live and semi-live episodes, which will see the killer of his daughter Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) revealed, and viewers »

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Patsy Kensit's secret Celebrity Big Brother spray-tans

28 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST

Patsy Kensit had weekly spray-tans in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house. The 46-year-old actress - who was evicted from the show last night (27.01.15) - reportedly refused to take part unless the luxury treatments were included in her contract. A source said: ''Patsy insisted the weekly spray tans were a key condition of her joining the show and bosses were so intent on getting her to sign up they agreed. ''She trots off to the diary room once a week where she has the treatment with the cameras switched off.'' The former 'Emmerdale' star's pampering sessions are said to have infuriated the other »

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BBC angers residents with raunchy Casual Vacancy set

28 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST

The BBC caused outrage in a picturesque village after setting up a lingerie shop to film 'The Casual Vacancy'. The three-part series - which has been adapted for the screen from J.K. Rowling's novel of the same name - was being filmed in Painswick, Gloucestershire, when local residents began to complain about the raunchy set, branding the fake underwear store ''a disgrace''. Speaking at a screening of 'The Casual Vacancy' at London's Princess Anne Theatre, director Jonny Campbell said: ''They complained about it at the local village council saying it was a disgrace.'' However, some residents were pleased the adaptation - which »

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Johnny Vegas turned his life around for his son

28 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST

Johnny Vegas has thanked his son for helping him to turn his life around after revealing he's expecting his second child. The 'Benidorm' star has confessed he used to go on ''four-day benders'' before welcoming son Michael into the world ten years ago and he's now excited for the arrival of his second child, his first with wife Maia Dunphy. He shared: ''A friend of mine was saying, 'You seem to be in the best place you've been'. ''I think it's down to the marriage and my son has had a lot to do with me straightening myself out and getting my »

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Stacey Solomon and Steve-o set for romance?

28 January 2015 3:00 AM, PST

Stacey Solomon and Steve-o have sparked rumours of a ''romance''. The former 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' winner and the 'Jackass' star are both taking part in Channel 4 winter sports competition 'The Jump' and have reportedly grown very close. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''They are getting on very well. Everyone expects a romance. They have been spending a lot of time together.'' The pair, who are both single, are said to have struck up a friendship during training for the reality show in Innsbruck, Austria. And Stacey - who has children Zachary and Leighton from previous relationships - recently »

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Anne Kirkbride laid to rest

28 January 2015 1:15 AM, PST

Anne Kirkbride's funeral took place yesterday (27.01.15). The 'Coronation Street' legend - who died last week after battling cancer - was laid to rest in a ''small send-off'' at an undisclosed location in the North West, with castmates William Roache, Kate Ford and Beverley Callard joining her husband David Beckett, other family members and close friends for the service. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Anne was always a private person and wanted a small send-off. That was Anne -- she didn't want a fuss.'' Anne had reportedly left instructions about which cast members she wanted at the service, and those who were »

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