Amanda Holden to guest star in ITV2 comedy Plebs – along with Emilia Fox

The Britain's Got Talent judge is taking a trip back in time to Ancient Rome

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Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has joined the cast of Ancient Roman comedy Plebs, guest starring as a “lusty” aristocrat called Rufina.

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As filming for series five kicks off in Bulgaria, ITV2 has announced a line-up of guest stars including Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox and Blackadder’s Tony Robinson, as well as Tracy Ann Oberman, John Thomson, Kevin Bishop, Leo Gregory, Nigel Lindsay and Phil Davis.

They will join the show’s three main stars, Tom Rosenthal (Marcus) and Ryan Sampson (Grumio) as well as Jonathan Pointing (Jason) who becomes Rufina’s “plaything for the evening” when he gatecrashes a banquet.

Holden’s character sets her sights on Jason and, from the look of the teaser image for Plebs series five, he doesn’t mind too much…

As for Emilia Fox, she will be leaving the forensics lab to travel back to Ancient Rome and play a detective, while Tony Robinson will star as an archaeologist. Strike Back’s Leo Gregory will play a “chariot hooligan”.

The series also sees the return of various other cast members including Ellie Taylor (Gloria), Maureen Lipman (Landlady), Karl Theobald (Landlord), Samantha Spiro (Sylvia), Danny Webb (Lepidus) and Tom Basden, who co-writes the show with Sam Leifer as well as playing Aurelius.

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Plebs series five will air on ITV2 in autumn 2019.