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Will Young lands radio drama role

Will Young
Image caption Will Young rose to fame in 2002 after wining Pop Idol

Singer Will Young has landed his first starring role in a radio drama about an infamous 18th century hoax which became a national scandal.

The Pop Idol winner will play the husband of Mary Toft, who convinced doctors in 1726 that she had given birth to a succession of live rabbits.

"I was lucky enough to have a great group of people behind and in front of the microphone," Young said.

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast Mary Toft's Rabbit Tale later this year.

Rupert Graves plays Surrey surgeon John Howard, who claimed to have delivered some of the rabbits, but was part of the deception.

The drama's director, Celia Wolff, said: "He approached his first radio role with great enthusiasm, boundless energy and most importantly true professionalism, learning a few tricks of the trade along the way."

In recent years the Evergreen singer has concentrated on acting roles.

In 2005 he appeared alongside Dame Judi Dench in Mrs Henderson Presents and also starred in TV series Bedlam.

Young rose to fame in 2002 after winning ITV talent show Pop Idol. He went on to have a string of hits including Light My Fire and Leave Right Now.

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