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Suranne Jones cast in 'Doctor Who'

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Suranne Jones is to make a guest appearance in the next series of Doctor Who.

The official BBC site has confirmed that the former Coronation Street star will play a young woman called Idris in the third episode, written by Neil Gaiman.

"As an actor, it's hugely exciting to be cast in Doctor Who," she said. "I'm a massive fan of the show and I was blown away when I read Neil's script and uncovered what's in store for my character."

She added: "I'm sworn to secrecy so viewers will just have to wait until next year to find out any other juicy details!"

Gaiman himself praised the actress, calling her "beautiful, funny and strange".

"Suranne is marvellous," he said. "It's the kind of role that people will remember forever, so we needed someone who was able to pull that off, and to keep up with Matt Smith. And bite him. Suranne does all three."

Jones previously played an evil incarnation of the Mona Lisa in the third series of Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures and will also appear alongside former star David Tennant in BBC One drama Single Father.

Filming on the episode is expected to begin on Friday.

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