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Irish actress Victoria Smurfit has made her debut as Cruella de Vil in a promotional trailer for the new series of Once Upon A Time.

The ABC drama tells the story of a new world in which fairytale legends and modern life collide.

The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are actually characters from various fairytales transported to the 'real world' town and robbed of their real memories by a powerful curse.

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In the promo for the season four winter finale, long-time fans will say goodbye to the trio from Frozen - Elsa, Anna and Kristoff - and welcome three new evil queens.

Along with Smurfit as Cruella, The Little Mermaid's Ursula played by Merrin Dungey and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent played by Kristin Bauer van Straten will arrive to allow evil to take over.

Staying true to her character, Smurfit sports crazy black and white hair and a fur coat. Red lipstick and smoky eye shadow completes the look.

Smurfit (40) was cast as the classic villain from 101 Dalmatians in the popular show last month, and she tweeted her excitement about joining the drama.

"Super excited about playing Cruella for such an iconic show as Once Upon A Time," she wrote online. The Dracula star isn't the only Irish actress to appear in the series - fellow Dubliner Sarah Bolger (23) has played Princess Aurora since season two.

Since Dracula was cancelled, Smurfit has had a number of guest roles on The Mentalist and The Missing, but playing this glamorous villain is her most recent recurring role.

The former Ballykissangel star recently admitted that she loves playing strong female characters such as Lady Jane Weatherby in Dracula and now Cruella.

"When I started in the business you couldn't imagine being able to do that 20 years down the line because it was a very different business, it was more ageist," she said.

"Now people realise that actually a vast amount of viewers don't just want kid crusaders, they want somebody they can identify with."

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