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OC's Mischa 'Steels' the show

HANDS up who remembers the cult TV show The OC? Well if you do, you'll be thrilled to know that its head-turning star Mischa Barton (26) will be in our midst tomorrow.

The Diary can reveal how the Hollywood starlet has signed on to play the lead role in the new Irish stage production of Steel Magnolias.

Mischa, whose mum Nuala Quinn comes from Ireland, will be treading the boards on these shores for the first time ever after taking on the role of Shelby, played originally in the movie by Julia Roberts. And tomorrow morning will see her posing for the cameras alongside her co-star Anne Charleston, aka Madge from Neighbours. Directed by Ben Barnes, it will premiere in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin before embarking on a nationwide tour.