Joan Collins joins the cast of Benidorm

Wednesday 29th May 2013 @ 12:52pm

Joan Collins. Joan Collins (pictured) has revealed she will be joining the cast of ITV sitcom Benidorm for its sixth series. She will play a hotel high-roller called Crystal in the Spainish holiday-based comedy.

The actress is perhaps best known for playing Alexis Carrington Colby in the hit 1980s drama Dynasty alongside Linda Evans, who played rival Krystle Carrington.

Writing on Twitter, Collins told her fans: "Looking forward to going to Spain to be in #Benidorm, And I'm playing Crystal. Yes I am!! But not the Dynasty one."

An ITV source told The Mirror: "Show bosses are over the moon to have Joan on board. Derren Litten, the show's creator, has written a brilliant character in Crystal. But dodgy tans, tasteless cocktails and all-night parties might be an eye-opener for her."

Litten says: "I'm so excited about Series 6 of Benidorm, probably more excited than all previous series. Apart from Dynasty Series 5 of course, what could possibly top the Moldavian Massacre?"

Other guest stars appearing alongside Collins in the new series will include Ken Morley, who will be reunited on screen with Sherrie Hewson, who plays hotel manager Joyce Temple Savage in this comedy. The duo previously starred together as husband and wife in soap opera Coronation Street.

Benidorm's creator and writer, Derren Litten had quit the sitcom after its fourth series in 2011, only to announce that he would return to write part of Series 5 after hearing that Collins was a fan of the show and would be interested in a guest starring role.

The main details about the new seven-part sixth series of Benidorm, which is currently filming on location in Spain, were announced in April.

The Dykes, a new family, are set to be introduced in the forthcoming series. Heading up the clan are Clive (Perry Benson) and Tonya (Hannah Waddingham) - a lively Watford couple, with Clive firmly under the thumb of his no-nonsense wife. They bring their two children with them, Bianca (Bel Powley) and Tiger (Danny Walters) - both are young, single and looking for fun.

Additionally, Hollyoaks pin-up Philip Olivier joins the show as a new character, whilst Matthew Kelly will return as hotel manager Joyce's old flame, Cyril Babcock.

Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran, Kenny Ireland, Janine Duvitski, Jake Canuso, Tim Healey, Adam Gillen and Tony Maudsley are amongst the regular cast members returning for the next run, with Nicholas Burns, after having taken a three series break, returning as Martin Weedon.

Executive Producer Ben Cavey says: "We are so pleased to be back in Spain filming series six of Benidorm. Derren Litten has written seven fantastic scripts, which might be seven of the best episodes yet. Things are certainly heating up by the pool in this series, with some great new characters as well as the return of many of our well-loved regulars."

Series 6 of Benidorm will be on ITV later in the year.


Our Guide to 'Benidorm'

 

Latest News

Brian Pern to return for Series 3

Brian Pern to return for Series 3

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four.

John Finnemore creates new Radio 4 series

John Finnemore creates new Radio 4 series

John Finnemore, the creator of hit sitcom Cabin Pressure, is working on a new series for Radio 4 called The John Finnemore Project.

Miles Jupp is the new host of The News Quiz

Miles Jupp is the new host of The News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz.

Joanna Lumley developing new comedy show for Sky

Joanna Lumley developing new comedy show for Sky

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Few details are currently known, however the working title has been revealed as Harmony.

The Missing Hancocks to return to Radio 4

The Missing Hancocks to return to Radio 4

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded for The Missing Hancocks series.

David Walliams working on TV talent show sitcom

David Walliams working on TV talent show sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired in part by his work as a judge on Britain's Got Talent.

Get More News

In The Press

In The Press

The latest press clippings from the newspapers and various internet blogs.

Newsletter

Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list to get news and more in your inbox every Monday.

Twitter

Twitter Feed

You can follow us on Twitter too. We post the latest news and gossip every evening.

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed to get our headlines in your news reader software.

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read

Win The Delivery Man DVD

Win The Delivery Man DVD

We have three copies of new ITV sitcom The Delivery Man to give away. It stars Darren Boyd as a midwife. Enter

Work in progress gigs

Work in progress gigs

Si Hawkins explains why he often enjoys work-in-progress stand-up gigs more than the resultant polished tour show. Read