Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has been confirmed for a new role in Hollyoaks.

According to Digital Spy, the 39-year-old, best known for her role as Albert Square’s Sam Mitchell, will feature in an upcoming storyline with the soap's McQueen family.

Westbrook will play Trudy when she makes her appearance in February and the character is already very familiar to Jacqui (Claire Cooper) McQueen as they were in prison together.

When Trudy arrives she hires Jacqui and Theresa (Jorgie Porter) as cleaners for her strip club.

Westbrook is also familair with some of the cast, according to The Mirror: “She’s already been to the set and met a lot of the cast.

“Danniella is great friends with Kieron Richardson, who plays Ste Hay, and he has been introducing her to all of his mates.

"She’s been made to feel very at home by everyone.”

Richardson and Westbrook both competed on the 2010 series of Dancing on Ice.