Green is the colour for Carley

Carley Stenson
Carley Stenson

FORMER Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson is to join the cast of Shrek The Musical.

The Billinge actress, currently starring in Legally Blonde The Musical, will take over from Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh as green-skinned Princess Fiona.

Carley, who found fame as Steph Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap, has had the lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde for a number of months and will take over as Princess Fiona on May 23

The 29-year-old will appear opposite Dean Chisnall as Shrek and Richard Blackwood as Donkey in the production which has extended its booking period until the end of March next year.

Carley announced on Twitter that she was looking forward to the new role.

She posted: “Flattered by (your) messages. Thank you! Very excited about being Fiona in London’s Shrek!

“But don’t forget to watch the brilliant Legally Blonde before April 7!”

Amanda Holden was the first actress to take the role, but left following her pregnancy last year.

Carley will also star in Slip into Your Skin, a one-night-only show of the songs of New York-based composer David Are, at London’s Freedom Bar, on March 18.