Christie Brinkley set for West End debut

Friday June 10, 2011

'Uptown Girl' Christie Brinkley is heading to London's West End to star as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

The 57-year-old supermodel - who inspired her then husband Billy Joel's 1983 hit Uptown Girl - made her Broadway debut in the role earlier this year.

She will transfer to the London stage on July 11 for a four-week run.

Christie has said of her transition into stage roles: "Billy always used to say I could do a Broadway musical."

Amra-Faye Wright, who has been playing fellow glamorous jailbird Velma Kelly alongside Christie in the US version of the long-running production, will also transfer to the Cambridge Theatre production.

Robbie Williams' pal Jonathan Wilkes will appear alongside them as Velma's lawyer Billy Flynn.

Christie began modelling in the 70s and quickly became one of the most famous cover girls in the world.

She starred in the music video for Uptown Girl and made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the film National Lampoon's Vacation.

More recently she made a guest appearance in TV fashion comedy Ugly Betty.

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