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Misfits star to play Dame Shirley Bassey

CAPTION: ROLE: Ruth Negga, left, will play Shirley Bassey in new TV film

MISFITS STAR Ruth Negga will play legend Dame Shirley Bassey in a TV film about her life.

The E4 actress, who has also appeared in Doctors and BBC's Criminal Justice, said she felt completed ‘honoured’ to be cast in such a career-changing role.

She said: “I'm thrilled to be cast in the role of Shirley Bassey and it's an absolute honour to be playing her in such an intimate story of her life”.

The BBC 2 film will chart the life of the Cardiff-born singer, born to a British mother and Nigerian father, who fell pregnant at 17 and grew up in poverty in London's Docklands area.

The scandal of unwed pregnant girl almost ruined her career, but the star bounced and went on to score hits including the themes to the James Bond films Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

BBC executive producer, Maxine Watson, said: “Dame Shirley Bassey is iconic - she transcends age, race and class. The big voice and vocal style are unmistakable, but it took so much more than that to take her from Tiger Bay to world class headliner. Hers is a classic story of overcoming poverty through personal sacrifice and I'm thrilled that we have such a fantastic cast to bring this story to life.”

The programme is part of a season of BBC 2 programmes about mixed-race life in the UK.

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