Michelle Collins lands 'Rock Rivals' role
The actress, best known for her role as Albert Square's Cindy Beale, will play acid-tongued talent show judge Karina Faith in the X Factor-inspired drama series.
A source told The Sun: "We've been hunting around for just the right person for this role and it's been hard. But Michelle has everything we were looking for - she's a great actress and can be tough as old boots. She won't mince her words - just like the real X Factor bunch."
The show follows two married TV judges who launch rival bands following a relationship crisis.
Collins will star alongside ex-Coronation Street actor Sean Gallagher (Paul Connor), who will play Karina's husband Mal.