Loose Women's Carol McGiffin and Big Brother's Josie to star in Panto
LOOSE Women star Carol McGiffin and Yate Big Brother winner Josie Gibson will be granting three wishes to audiences at The Bristol Hippodrome's annual pantomime.
The pair will share the role of Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin, which will run at the theatre from Friday, December 7, to Sunday, January 6.
Both women will make their pantomime debuts alongside comedian and Hippodrome regular Andy Ford, who returns for his fourth year.
Carol is best known for her dead-pan, and opinionated, wit.
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She has had a long-running radio career and has been one of the most popular panellists on Loose Women since she first appeared in 2003.
She will be granting Aladdin's three wishes between Friday, December 7, and Monday, December 17, inclusive.
She said: "I'm so excited. A lot of my Loose Women pals are panto veterans and have always said what a laugh it is to do so I'm really looking forward to making Aladdin's wishes come true, the poor bloke."
For the later shows in the run she will hand over the lamp to 27-year-old Josie who won the 2010 series of the Channel Four reality programme Big Brother.
Josie will perform as the Genie from Wednesday, December 19, to Sunday, January 6.
Since leaving the infamous house Josie has gone on to forge a successful career in the media, guest presenting on television shows such as OK! TV for Channel 5, Big Brother's Bit on the Side and writing a regular column for Now Magazine. She recently abseiled down the Avon Gorge to raise funds for Meningitis UK.
She said: "I am looking forward to representing my beautiful home town of Bristol by playing the Genie in this year's panto. I've never imagined I would be appearing on stage there so it's a real dream come true."
Returning comedian Andy will star as Aladdin's hapless brother Wishee Washee, marking his 43rd year in show business.
He said: "In my fourth consecutive Christmas in this wonderful city I consider myself very fortunate, it's like coming home."
Performances are 2pm and 7pm except Sundays, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve at 1pm and 5.pm. There are no performances 11,18,25 December 2012 or 1 January 2013.
Tickets cost from £10.00 from www. atgtickets.com/bristol or 0844 871 3012. Groups of ten and over can call 0844 871 3032.
Further casting to be announced.