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Kylie Minogue returns to the small screen

Kylie Minogue is set to make her return to the small screen twenty five years after leaving Neighbours.

The tiny little pop dynamo first made her way into the public consciousness in 1986 when she played Charlene Mitchell in hot new soap Neighbours. It’s difficult to imagine the Aussie drama having any kind of radical impact, but at the time it was a huge sensation. Kylie’s girl next door role opposite Jason Donovan saw her taken to the nation’s heart and proved the stepping stone for both of them to launch careers in pop.

She will be appearing on Sky Arts in a new black comedy called Hey Diddly Dee and it will be her first acting role since she revealed at the weekend that she was taking a break from music to delve back into acting. She is the latest in a series of eclectic big name stars to sign on for a part in the channel’s Playhouse Presents series and follows in the footsteps of Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Thompson.

Kylie will star opposite Homeland star David Harewood in a ‘play within a play’ about a group of actors staging a theatric production about Andy Warhol. Peter Serafinowicz plays the Warhol character, with Minogue starring as the artist's muse. The one-off set piece is being produced by Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig's company, Sprout, and written and directed by actor Marc Warren.

The Australian star has rarely looked back after shooting to international stardom with her chart hits. After fronting up several cheesy manufactured hits from the Stock Aitken and Waterman hit factory, she moved away from girl next dooring her way through kiddie pop and reinvented herself as a sultry and more sophisticated singer.

Once described by the Washington Post as "the worst actress in the English-speaking world". Kylie will no doubt be looking for a similar transformation in her acting.

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