Former 'Chicago' star Denise Van Outen is joining the cast of the ITV1 drama series 'Where the Heart Is'.

Van Outen will play Kim Blakeney, a district nurse and single mother who leaves Southern England for a new life in rural Yorkshire.

Speaking about her role in the series, Van Outen said: "Kim is a great character and judging by the storylines I've seen so far I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with her. I can't wait to start filming."

Late last year there was speculation that Van Outen was going to join the cast of 'EastEnders'.