Emmerdale and The Royal star Natalie Anderson will join the cast of Fat Friends – The Musical.

Anderson will play the role of slimmers lead, lovelorn Lauren, originated on screen by Emmerdale co-star Gaynor Faye.

She joins previously announced Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey, Elaine C Smith and cricketing legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

Anderson’s stage credits include Nessarose in the West End production of Wicked, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Tara in Exposure The Musical at St James’ Theatre.

Fat Friends – The Musical will open at Leeds Grand Theatre on 7 November 2017.