Kara Tointon and sister Hannah join Mr Selfridge

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 April 2014
Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon

Former 'EastEnders' star Kara Tointon and her actress sister Hannah have been given roles in 'Mr Selfridge'

Former 'EastEnders' star Kara Tointon and her sister Hannah have joined the cast of in 'Mr Selfridge'.

The siblings, who have never acted together before, will play the entrepreneur's daughters in the period drama and are set to bring glamour to the ITV show.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Kara and Hannah are great additions and everyone is delighted they have been cast as Rosalie and Violette.

"They are both gorgeous girls and Hannah's character, Violette, has a very rebellious streak so it won't be long before she starts shaking things up."

Kara, 30, is famous for playing Dawn Swan in 'EastEnders', while younger sister Hannah, 26, was Katy Fox in 'Hollyoaks' and Tara Brown in 'The Inbetweeners'.

'Coronation Street' star Sacha Parkinson, who played Sian Powers in the ITV soap, will also join the cast as shop assistant Kitty Hawkins' sister, while actress Zoe Wanamaker takes on the role of Russian princess Marie de Bolotoff.

The third series of the ITV programme starts filming in London this week and focuses on the Selfridge family in the aftermath of the First World War.

The show's executive producer, Kate Lewis, also spilled the beans on scenes with Harry Selfridge, whose life is about to change.

She explained: "We have some surprises in store for the audience in the third series.

"You only have to walk down Oxford Street today to know that Selfridge's department store continued to be successful.

"But for its founder, Harry Selfridge, things were very different. His story was a roller-coaster ride that ended rather tragically."

She added: "We pick up series three in 1919 - the point at which his life really begins to unravel."

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