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'She's behind you' – Pamela Anderson signs up for pantomime debut

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Pamela has signed up to star as the Genie of the Lamp in a pantomime production of Aladdin in the British capital this Christmas time
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After the Baywatch star's two-week stint, she will be replaced by Paul O'Grady. The popular TV host - pictured as the wicked queen in Snow White - has said he is looking forward to swapping his usual villainous panto roles for the chance to play a good character
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15 OCTOBER 2009

The chance to guest star in a pantomime often attracts a wide range of famous faces - some of them quite unlikely.

From Sir Ian McKellen to Gareth Gates and Happy Days star Henry Winkler, celebrities jump at the chance to dress up and embrace the holiday spirit.

Nevertheless, many people will still be surprised by news of the latest guest making an appearance this Christmas - Pamela Anderson.

The 42-year-old actress, best known for her role in Baywatch, will be making her pantomime debut in a UK production of Aladdin in December, taking on the role of the Genie of the Lamp.

She will join Brian Blessed, who will star as panto villain Abanazar, at the New Wimbledon theatre.

"We have been bringing American artists over to the UK for the past five years and she (Pamela) has been on our list for a while," said the show's producer.

"She'll be bringing her family to London for Christmas and will arrive the week before her first performance to learn her lines.

"She will be very busy as there are two shows a day including on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, but she will have Christmas Day off."

Stepping into Pamela's shoes after her fortnight-long turn is Paul O'Grady, who is embracing the chance to add to his stage repertoire.

"I am really excited to be back in panto this year having not done one for some time," the 54-year-old TV host said.

"This is also the first time I'll be playing a goodie as I've been a villain in most of my other stage roles."

"Having made a living frightening children it's probably time I aired my softer side. If I can find one in time," he joked.

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