Strictly star bags life-changing EastEnders role as she’s cast in new family set to rock Walford

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MOLLY RAINFORD may have missed out on the Strictly glitterball last year, but she’s looking like the show’s real winner.

Not only has she found love with fellow competitor Tyler West, I can reveal the actress is set to bag a top job on EastEnders.

Mollie Rainford and Carlos Gu on Strictly

Molly will play the daughter in a new family moving to the Queen Vic after previous landlord, Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter, appeared to have died after a car crash.

A TV insider said: “Molly joins a long line of former finalists who’ve gone on to bigger things than the competitors who’ve ultimately triumphed.

“But anyone who saw her on Strictly could see the entertainment world was her oyster.”

It’s already been reported that Ray Winstone might be the big name replacement for Danny on EastEnders, which would make him the father of Molly’s character.

Molly, who played the lead in CBBC’s Nova Jones, finished a runner-up with pro Carlos Gu behind winner Hamza Yassin on Strictly.

She has since been seen cosying up to Tyler during the nationwide Strictly tour and they’re expected to go “official” soon.

If Ray’s about to be her new “dad”, I’d be feeling a little nervous if I was her boyfriend.

Twice as Weisz

RACHEL WEISZ is having a bloody good time in her new Prime Video series.

She plays both the lead roles in Dead Ringers, about identical twin gynaecologists who share everything — from drugs to lovers.

Rachel Weisz is having a bloody good time in her new Prime Video series

She plays both the lead roles in Dead Ringers

The show is about identical twin gynaecologists who share everything

The psychological thriller is a gory six-parter

The psychological thriller, a modern take on 1988 movie starring Jeremy Irons, is a gory six-parter, as these pictures from the new trailer released yesterday show.

The twins, Elliot and Beverly Mantle, push the boundaries of medical ethics in a bid to erase outdated practices, with the intention of bringing women’s health care to the forefront.

All six episodes will be available to watch on April 21.

Viagra’s up and wahey

A FEATURE-length drama about a group of Swansea lads taking part in one of the early Viagra trials in 1994?

Well, it has no chance of flopping.

BBC’s Men Up explores how Viagra changes the sex lives of a group of Welsh boys

Men Up, on the BBC, explores how the little blue pill changes the sex lives of the Welsh boys, who all suffer from impotency.

Game Of Thrones star Iwan Rheon, Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), Alexandra Roach (Killing Eve) and Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page are among the cast.

Writer Matthew Barry says: “People hear the word impotence and they wait for the punchline.

“But this story is about so much more.

“And with an incredible Welsh cast, led by Iwan and Alexandra, I can’t wait to bring it to the screen.”

I’m sure they’ll rise to the challenge.

RUSSELL T DAVIES has said he only returned to Doctor Who after 13 years because there were still stories he wanted to write.

He added on the Table Manners podcast: “That show is my first memory in life. Not my first memory of television, but my first memory in life.”

Sperm donor search

A FAMILY history show with a twist will follow people trying to track down unknown brothers and sisters who’s only link is their sperm donor.

The four-part Born From The Same Stranger, on ITVX, joins searchers as they aim to be united with relatives who all share the same anonymous biological father.

The stories include a mum whose donor’s sperm was delivered across the world in her grandparents’ hand luggage and a man who discovers he’s one of 14 siblings and counting.

ITV head of factual Jo Clinton-Davis says: “For many people born to anonymous donors, finding out the hidden stories of where they come from and who their blood relations are is a deep and long-held desire.

“And as this series will show, their stories are moving, astonishing and reveal much about the human condition.”

Stranger’s on the stage

THE UPSIDE Down is heading to the West End in the form of a new Stranger Things play.

The world premiere of Stranger Things: The First Shadows will take place at London’s Phoenix Theatre later this year.

The Upside Down is heading to the West End in the form of a new Stranger Things play

The script is by Kate Trefey, a writer on the Netflix series, based on her own story she shares with show creators the Duffer Brothers and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne.

The play will be based in the same town as the series, Hawkins, Indiana, but set in 1959 when Jim Hopper, who is played on screen by David Harbour, is a young man.

Matt and Ross Duffer said that the play is “at turns surprising, scary, and heartfelt.

“We’re dying to tell you more about the story but won’t – it’s more fun to discover it for yourself.

“Can’t wait to see you nerds in London.”

I’ll be there with my Eggos.

COMEDIAN Peter Kay will release a new autobiography in September.

The book, called T.V Big Adventures On The Small Screen, will be the funnyman’s first memoir in 14 years and will be based on his “lifelong obsession watching and working in television”.

Corrie oldie

CORONATION Street bosses are also busy juggling their cast and are bringing back Jackson Hodge, the schoolboy ex of Faye Windass.

In 2015, the blast-from-the-past character fathered Faye’s baby, who she gave up custody of to Jackson’s family.

A source said: “Jackson’s return is set to be explosive.”