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Charlie to grin and bare it all ... for Calendar Girls

Famously braless garden guru Charlie Dimmock is to go a step further -- by baring all on stage, it was announced today.

The presenter (43), who got BBC Ground Force viewers hot under the collar by digging gardens without support, is joining the cast of Calendar Girls.

She will take over from former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson, playing Miss September in the hit play when it tours in May.


Dimmock will be joined in baring her buns on stage by ex-Neighbours and Emmerdale star Anne Charleston, as Miss January, with Only Fools And Horses actress Sue Holderness as Miss February.

Dean Gaffney, best known for his role in EastEnders, will play the photographer in the show which is based on the true story of a Women's Institute group who decide to strip for a charity calendar.

Heartbeat's Elizabeth Bennett, Hollyoaks actress Mikyla Dodd and Gemma Craven will also join the cast for the third national tour, along with former EastEnders stars Letitia Dean and love-split actress Hannah Waterman.

The play is adapted from Tim Firth's screenplay for the hit film and will open at Hull's New Theatre on May 3.