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Sarah Ferguson emerges in surprise movie role

The Duchess of York previously appeared in Friends and The Vicar of Dibley

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the Christmas Morning Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2023 in Sandringham, Norfolk
7 March 2024
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Sarah Ferguson looked sensational when she made a cameo appearance in the recently released Hallmark movie An American in Austen

The Duchess of York, 64, takes on the role of 'The Duchess' in the Netherfield Ball scene from the Pride and Prejudice adaptation. In the clip, which you can watch below, Sarah is dressed to the nines in a glamorous charcoal grey, long-sleeved gown. 

Sarah Ferguson makes Hallmark debut in period film

The film follows an American librarian, Harriet, who thinks that no real man compares to Mr. Darcy. After he surprises her with a proposal, she runs away. Falling asleep on the car journey home, she wakes up inside the Jane Austen classic. 

Sarah's on-screen appearance came just weeks after news of her cancer diagnosis was revealed in January.

The royal mom of two shared: "I have been taking some time to myself as I have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, my second cancer diagnosis within a year after I was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

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"It was thanks to the great vigilance of my dermatologist that the melanoma was detected when it was.

"Naturally another cancer diagnosis has been a shock but I’m in good spirits and grateful for the many messages of love and support."

Despite the news, the duchess has been making a number of meaningful public appearances to raise awareness for the disease.

Sarah isn't the only member of the York household to appear in a period film. In 2009, her elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, was an extra in the Hollywood film, The Young Victoria.

At the time, Beatrice – who is the real Queen Victoria's great-great-great-great-granddaughter - couldn't have looked more like her ancestor in her costume.

As well as her Hallmark debut, Sarah has been spotted in several cameo roles. In 1998, she appeared in the hit sitcom Friends when the cast filmed in the UK. 

The following year, Sarah appeared in a special comic relief episode of The Vicar of Dibley alongside Dawn French.

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