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September 26, 2002
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Fresh-faced British actress Minnie Driver has landed her own prime-time US television series, taking her back to the small screen where she first made her name.

Set to run in the 2003-2004 TV season, the series will be built around Minnie, who won an Oscar nomination for her performance alongside former boyfriend Matt Damon in the box office hit Good Will Hunting.

Whether the show is a drama or a comedy has not yet been revealed, but American TV bosses are convinced that 32-year-old Minnie’s easy charm will attract a wide audience.

Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC network which has signed the London-born actress, said the company was excited about working with someone “whose qualities translate into any medium”. He added: “Her crossover appeal and winning personality make her a natural to star in her own NBC series.”

Minnie, who now lives in LA, started her journey to fame in British television productions before making her way onto the Hollywood A-list through critically acclaimed movie performances in Circle Of Friends, Sleepers and Grosse Point Blank.

However, Minnie’s new US TV coup doesn’t mean we will no longer see her on the big screen. She is to take the lead with handsome Colin Firth in the romantic comedy Hope Springs, which will go on general release Stateside later this year.

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Minnie's "crossoever appeal, marquee value and winning personality make her a natural to star in her own NBC series," says the network's president, Jeff Zucker
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While she has found success on the big screen - her role in Good Will Hunting earned her an Oscar nomination - Minnie is more than at home on TV where she started her career in the UK

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