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'Strictly' Star Chelsee Healey To Star In Bollywood Opera, 'Bollywood Carmen' With 'EastEnder' Preeya Kalidas

03/05/2013 08:19 BST | Updated 03/05/2013 08:21 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing' runner-up Chelsee Healey is to star in a spectacular Bollywood TV version of the classic opera 'Carmen' live from Bradford.

The actress joins a cast including former 'EastEnders' star Preeya Kalidas, who played Amira Masood, in the title role and Indian film actor Abhay Deol.

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Chelsee Healey

'Waterloo Road' star Healey, who was runner-up to McFly star Harry Judd in the 2011 series of the ballroom dancing show, said: "I'm playing a character called Shazzy, she's a fun loving girl who likes to party, she's a bit mischievous which is me all over so I don't reckon I'm going to be doing any acting."

The free hour-long show will be broadcast from Bradford's City Park and more than half of the tickets will be put aside for local people.

Kalidas said: "Bollywood Carmen really does have something for everyone, it's an amalgamation of music, dance, story and a lot of fun. Live theatre is very exciting and I think to have the audience as part of that is not only an experience for them but will also be an experience for us."

Bizet's original opera is set in Spain. 'Bollywood Carmen' will take place on June 9 and will be shown on BBC Three.

Two years ago the channel produced a live version of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' in Leeds.

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