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'Great British Bake Off' Host Mel Giedroyc To Star In Live Christmas 'Sound Of Music' Adaptation

12/11/2015 16:47 GMT | Updated 12/11/2015 16:59 GMT

Mel Giedroyc is the latest name to sign up for ITV’s live Christmas adaptation of ‘The Sound Of Music’.

The ‘Great British Bake Off’ host will play Frau Schmidt in the dramatisation of the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews.

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Mel Giedroyc

Also joining the line-up is Olivier Award-winning actress Maria Friedman, who will take up the role of the Mother Superior.

She is currently playing Linda Carter’s mother Elaine Peacock in ‘EastEnders’.

It was announced earlier this month that former ‘EastEnders’ actress Kara Tointon will play the lead role of Fraulein Maria.

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Kara Tointon will play the lead role of Maria

She said at the time: "I am thrilled and excited to be taking on the iconic role of Maria in 'The Sound of Music Live!'.

"I'm looking forward to bringing this character to life for ITV viewers and to follow in the footsteps of some great actresses who have played Maria on stage and film."

Starring opposite her will be ‘Downton Abbey’ star Charles Blake, as Captain Georg Von Trapp.

He added: “‘The Sound of Music’ is a much-loved musical and it's a privilege to play such an illustrious character as Captain Von Trapp alongside such a talented team, both in front and behind the cameras.

“I can't wait to help bring this epic production to screen in what promises to be a true highlight for the family this Christmas.”

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