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Best known for a variety of roles including Jesus of Nazareth, The Detectives and Holby City, Robert Powell is taking on the role of King Charles in the Olivier Award-winning production of King Charles III.

He tells me: “It’s one of my favourite roles and so rewarding as an actor, so I could not really say no.” Check out the website for more details of where you can catch thespian Robert in action.

EastEnders actor Max Branning tells me that he plans to take his year off from the show to “try as many different roles as possible. I have played Max for so long, I do wonder if I can play anyone else, so this is the perfect opportunity to have a go.”

Katie Price will try her hand at acting as she gears up to star as the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking this December. The model tells me: “I can finally invite my children over to watch me do something, and I like the idea of panto, it looks fun.”

Ever really wanted to get closer to the stars? Do as I did and take advantage of some great offers from Madame Tussards in Blackpool. You can meet Olly Murs, Lady Gaga, Sir Bruce Forsyth and even some golden greats like the Two Ronnies. What’s not to like at this celebrity-filled venue? Check out the details at /Blackpool.

Strictly contestant Peter Andre is releasing an album of Frank Sinatra classic hits to celebrate the legend’s birthday. He tells me: “I have really enjoyed recording these tracks and think this is what real songwriting is all about.”

The new Bond film Spectre will get the royal seal of approval when HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attend the world premiere on October 26. The popular couple will be joined by Prince Harry when they meet 007 star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes at the screening in the Royal Albert Hall.

Love Productions has secured a second chance to make The Great British Bake Off a format hit in the US, after agreeing a deal with network ABC. The deal, though, is rumoured to include star baker Mary Berry, but not bread maker Paul Hollywood.

Call The Midwife star Helen George tells me that she is banned from having the famous Strictly Come Dancing fake tan spray. “We are filming right now, and of course it’s set in the East End in the 1960s so not many people had such deep tans then,” she laughed.

X Factor host Caroline Flack has decided to release her autobiography at the ripe old age of 34, and plans to leave a copy of the book in all the contestants’ dressing rooms when the live shows start. How kind...

Keep your eyes peeled around Mirfield as you may just spot Only Fools and Horses legend David Jason. Currently filming the Christmas special of his hit show Open All Hours in the area, he told me: “I regularly am in the town due to family and find the people delightful.” Say hello if you see him...

Jeremy Kyle may have flopped with his version of the show in the US, but again it’s not his fault. He said: “I think looking back we could have done things better and promoted more, but the experience was good for me.” If not for Fox and the ratings...

Victor Meldrew will be returning for one final appearance. Actor Richard Wilson is reviving the beloved One Foot in the Grave curmudgeon for a sketch in his new one-off, one-man show. But he would also like to take the show to Vegas. “That is my dream really, to appear there.

“Hopefully it will happen one day,” he said.

Gunther from Friends has said there’ll never be a movie spin-off of the hit TV sitcom. The show has stayed popular around the world since it ended in 2004, but actor James Michael Tyler has said that a movie version just wouldn’t work.

Louis Walsh has piped up again about The X Factor, this time saying that there’s “something missing” from the series. The former talent judge, who spent more than a decade on the show, suggested that the ITV hit is struggling to fill the void left by himself and ponders whether “they may call me back to stop the ratings decline.”

Coronation Street’s Paula Lane is hoping to encourage young actors and actresses by opening a drama school. Paula and her husband Tom Shaw are set to open the doors to the Lane Shaw Academy at Hebden Bridge’s Hope Baptist Church on Saturday, October 10.

It appears that X Factor does not have a fan in Graham Norton. The chat show host told me: “I think it’s really run its course and the so-called stars are not up to it. But I wish them well, I just don’t want them on the show.”

Jo Brand admits that appearing on the Great British Bake Off spin-off show is hard for her figure. “They leave me with all the cakes half-eaten, but it’s so hard as they all are great, and secretly yes I do eat far more of them than I should,” she said.

Emmerdale’s Ryan Hawley, who plays Robert Sugden in the show, tells me that fans will see a change in him from now on. “I think his softer side will emerge and that people may even start to feel a little bit sorry for him, and what he has done so far,” he said.

Danny Dyer, who plays Mick Carter in EastEnders, tells me he too was offered a stint on Strictly Come Dancing but turned it down. “I like the show and think it’s great, but I can’t do the show at this stage, but I am not saying never, you know.”

Hugh Bonneville says it’s not yet sunk in that Downton Abbey is over. He added: “It’s so difficult as you get used to a working pattern, and looking at it and not doing it again next year is a worry. We have all become this huge family who meet up every year, so yes, it’s going to be hard to come to terms with.”

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