Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has landed a cameo appearance in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street as part of a festive charity appeal. The singer will appear in a special episode of the show for ITV's Text Santa drive, which raises money for a number of good causes, following in the footsteps of Hollywood hunk George Clooney who has filmed a part in Downton Abbey for the campaign.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It is a cameo but she will be playing a character who isn't connected to her personally... It will be Mel but not as we have seen her before. It is fair to say there will be a lot of walking along the cobbles."
The Coronation Street episode featuring Brown airs in Britain on 19 December (14).
British singer Melanie Chisholm refuses to shop at her former Spice Girls bandmate Victoria Beckham's London boutique as it is too pricey for her. Beckham opened her first fashion store in Mayfair in September (14), selling her own designs and accessories.
However, her former bandmate Chisholm is adamant she will not be visiting the store to re-stock her closet as the prices are too high for her tastes.
She tells U.K. TV show Lorraine, "People love her designs, I love her designs and I wear them whenever I can. I'm avoiding the shop, it's too expensive. Sorry, Victoria."
"We were getting ready and she couldn't stop singing She Bangs by Ricky Martin. She said, 'I'll be going to sleep singing this song until Ricky dances out the video.'"
Actress Eva Longoria reveals her friend Victoria Beckham still gets the singing bug. The former Spice Girls star received an award for her charity work at her pal's Global Gift Gala event in London on Monday (17Nov14), and Martin co-hosted the event with Longoria.
Reality TV star Heidi Montag is following in the footsteps of her former The Hills co-star Lauren Conrad by embarking on a new career as an author. The busty blonde has drawn inspiration from her own rise to fame on MTV shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills for her upcoming project, which will be released digitally early next year (15).
Montag tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I have my book... that will come out in the new year. It's gonna be a fiction book about a girl from a small town who fell into the limelight of... reality TV and the chaos of it...
"It's in the final stages of editing. I've decided to make it into an e-book since so much is online these days."
Conrad was named a New York Times bestseller in 2009 following the release of her first novel, L.A. Candy. She also published two sequels, Sweet Little Lies and Sugar and Spice.
British pop star Geri Halliwell has opened up about her shock engagement, insisting she is "very happy" to be planning a wedding with her new fiance after just months of dating. The singer announced her big news in a notice placed in Britain's The Times newspaper on Tuesday (11Nov14), revealing she is engaged to Formula One team boss Christian Horner.
The couple went public with the romance in March (14), and Halliwell admits she is ecstatic to be a bride-to-be, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Christian and I are delighted to announce that we are engaged! We're both very happy."
Halliwell has received a message of congratulations from her former Spice Girls bandmate Emma Bunton, who writes in a tweet to the star, "Congratulations gorgeous! Excited!"
The singer was spotted wearing her new diamond engagement ring for the first time on Tuesday (11Nov14) as she made her way through London's Heathrow Airport with her husband-to-be.
Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell is engaged to marry Formula One team boss Christian Horner.
The pop star, 42, announced the news in a notice in British newspaper The Times, which reads, "Mr C.E.J. Horner OBE and Miss G.E. Halliwell: The engagement is announced between Christian, son of Mr and Mrs G.M. Horner and Geraldine, daughter of the late Mr L.F. Halliwell and Mrs A. Parkinson."
Horner, head of the Red Bull motor team, was awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal for his services to the sport last year (14).
The singer went public with their romance earlier this year (14).
Halliwell and Horner both have children from previous relationships.
Former Spice Girls star Mel B has revealed she experimented sexually with other women "for a few years" but never considered herself a lesbian.
Now happily married to her second husband Stephen Belafonte, the pop star-turned-reality TV judge admits her same-sex dalliances were little more than a phase she was going through and now she has no intimate feelings for women.
Appearing on U.K. comedian Alan's Carr's Chatty Man TV show on Friday (07Nov14), Mel B explained, "I was just one of those ladies. Now I'm happily married... I was one of those for a few years."
And the shocking revelations didn't end there - Mel B also told Carr she wasn't wearing any underwear as she sat next to him.
British pop star Cheryl Cole kicked off the festive celebrations in London on Thursday (06Nov14) by switching on the Christmas lights at the city's iconic Oxford Street.
The former Girls Aloud singer, whose married name is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, was greeted by thousands of fans at the event in London's West End as she flipped the switch to launch the capital's most famous illuminations. She was joined by singer/songwriter Jess Glynne and the cast of West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the event featured performances from Rixton and Neon Jungle.
Cole follows in the footsteps of the Spice Girls, Sir Cliff Richard and Emma Watson, who have all previously turned on the famous light display.
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown gets a new wedding ring every couple of years.
The singer received the latest version of the band on Sunday night (02Nov14) after carrying out her duties as a judge on U.K. reality TV show The X Factor.
Brown's husband Stephen Belafonte, who she wed in Las Vegas in 2007, surprised her by flying in from New York to present her with the diamond ring in London.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "My husband turned up today and I thought something was wrong and then he just handed me this massive sparkler of a ring. I thought, 'Oh my God' It's so big, it's gorgeous, I absolutely love it... He's very sweet like that my husband. Every couple of years he gets me an upgrade."