Emily Atack reveals the reason behind her transformation as she announces her role in new Disney+ series

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Emily will star alongside Doctor Who’s David Tennant, Poldark actor Aidan Turner and EastEnders icon Danny Dyer

Emily Atack has revealed the reason behind her new hairdo as she announces a new acting role alongside a star-studded cast.

The actress, 33, will portray Sarah Stratton in Disney+’s adaptation of Jilly Cooper’s bestselling novel Rivals.

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Emily, who is best known for playing Charlotte in The Inbetweeners, will star alongside Doctor Who’s David Tennant, Poldark actor Aidan Turner and EastEnders icon Danny Dyer.

The I’m A Celeb star shared the news with her 1.9 million Instagram followers yesterday. She announced: “Saddle up! The dream to be bringing Jilly Cooper’s iconic ‘Rivals’ to Disney+ playing Sarah Stratton (I love her), alongside my beautiful cast mates 😍 See you soon!”

She later shared a Tweet from Disney+ UK on her Instagram story, writing: “Can FINALLY reveal the reason behind my new bonce… I’ll be playing the very naughty Sarah Stratton in ‘Rivals’ - THE DREAM!!! And Christ, what a cast”.

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Emily first showed off her new, and shorter, hairdo on Instagram last month as she teased her followers about her “next adventure”.

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The Strictly Come Dancing star wrote: “All packed and ready. About to go off on my next big adventure. You just wait ❤️”

Rivals will be an eight-part series, set in 1980s England, which unravels the drama and shocking antics of the power-grabbing social elite.

Here is the full cast list and their characters:

  • Alex Hassell - Ex-Olympian and Tory MP Rupert Campbell-Black
  • David Tenant - Ruperts neighbour and controller of Corinium Television Lord Tony Baddingham
  • Claire Rushbrook - Tony’s wife Lady Monica Baddingham
  • Luke Pasquilion - Tony’s younger brother and the owner of Cotchester’s Bar Sinister Basil “Bas” Baddingham
  • Rufus Jones - MP Paul Stratton
  • Emily Atack - Paul Stratton’s wife Sarah Stratton
  • Danny Dyer - Self-made millionaire Freddie Jones
  • Lisa McGrills - Freddie Jones’ wife Valeria Jones
  • Aidan Turner - TV presenter Declan O’Hara
  • Victoria Smurfit - Declan O’Hara’s wife Maud O’Hara
  • Bella Maclean - Declan and Maud’s elder daughter Taggie O’Hara
  • Catriona Chandler - Declan and Maud’s younger daughter Caitlin O’Hara
  • Nafessa Williams - American TV executive Cameron Cook
  • Oliver Chris - TV presenter James Vereker
  • Katherine Parkinson - James Vereker’s wife and romantic novelist Lizzie Vereker

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