Dallas star Linda Gray makes her Hollyoaks debut!

The actress will be seen next week as Marnie's mum Tabby

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Dallas legend Linda Gray is back in soapland next week when she makes her Hollyoaks debut.

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Gray – best known for playing JR Ewing’s alcoholic wife Sue Ellen in the ’80s Texas-set drama – has now taken on the role of Tabitha Maxwell-Brown, the mother of Marnie Nightingale (Lysette Anthony).

Viewers will get their first sight of Gray in Hollyoaks on Tuesday 15 November when Tabitha gets a telephone call to see whether she can help with the Nightingales’ money woes.

Marnie’s plan is for Tony to seduce Tabby upon her arrival in order to make sure that she’s in a good mood when asked for a loan. But will Tony go through with the scheme? And how will Tabby react when she finds out that Marnie is back with Mac?

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When asked about his plans for the character of Tabby and the presence of Gray on the C4 soap, Hollyoaks boss Bryan Kirkwood said: “She could be semi-regular. Conversations are continuing. She is a natural member of the Nightingale family.

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“When you look at the lineage of the family with Marnie and Ellie, all three of them are stunning women and I totally believe in it. I’d love to have her back!’