Denise Welch joins cast of Benidorm

Denise Welch

Denise Welch

Denise Welch has joined the cast of 'Benidorm' as tattooed gangster Scary Mary, and is set to cause havoc for her real-life husband Tim Healy's cross-dressing character Leslie.

Denise Welch has joined the cast of 'Benidorm'.

The 'Loose Women' panellist - who is currently competing alongside professional skating star Matt Evers on 'Dancing On Ice' - will join her real-life husband Tim Healy on the upcoming fourth series of the ITV1 show.

With Tim currently playing Geordie transvestite Leslie in the comedy-drama - which is set in a Spanish holiday resort - Denise will assume the role of tattooed, short-skirted crime queen Scary Mary.

However, her arrival could spell trouble for an unsuspecting Leslie.

Tim explained: "Scary Mary - who is a black belt in martial arts - ends up drop-kicking Leslie into the pool."

Denise could be getting some of her 'Dancing On Ice' moves from her husband's 'Benidorm' alter-ego, as the 52-year-old star recently admitted she is inspired by drag queens.

She said: "I love drag queens. I'm inspired by them! I've never felt so energised. Attitude magazine said the gayometer explodes when I'm around. My dad was a drag queen.

"Everyone else grew up in McDonalds and I grew up in gay bars. I was that child. My dad was a sh*t drag act. He was a Welch so he used to go out as Raquel. He was shameless!"


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