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Amanda Donohoe rides into Emmerdale

Not like Lady Godiva, we sincerely hope

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We're not quite sure what the regulars down at the Woolpack will make of this*, but LA Law thespiatrix Amanda Donohoe is set to join the cast of venerable ITV soap Emmerdale as one half of a "sexy new couple" who retire to the country.

Donohoe, 46, has declared herself "very excited" to join former Casualty star Maxwell Caulfield in screen pairing Natasha and Mark Wylde. She said: "I'm hoping the next few months will deliver some intriguing new storylines and I'm looking forward to galloping across the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and of course a pint of champagne at the Woolie."

Donohoe did, the BBC notes, raise eyebrows for what was trumpeted as the "first lesbian kiss on US television" in LA Law. She's raised a few other things too, during a notable career including Castaway, in which she challenged Helen Mirren for the "least screentime clothed" lifetime award, plus The Lair of the White Worm (Ken Russell's silliest movie? Difficult, but yes), and The Rainbow, during which the incorrigible Russell saw no reason for the actress to keep her kit on much.

Oh yes, and Donohoe in 2001 took the role of Mrs Robinson in the stage adaptation of The Graduate, relieving Jerry Hall of the burden of disrobing for the much-discussed full-frontal scene.

Natasha and Mark Wylde are due to ride into Emmerdale at Xmas. ®

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* Yes, I know - the days of Woolpack locals discussing Foot and Mouth and crop yields are well and truly over. I seem to recall the producers' most audacious ratings-grabber was when they decided to crash an airliner into Emmerdale, or was that wishful thinking?

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