Nikki Sanderson has joined the cast of 'Hollyoaks'.
The 28-year-old actress - who is best known for playing hairdresser Candice Stowe in rival soap 'Coronation Street' between 1999 and 2005 - has landed the part of Maxine Minniver, the sister of glamour model Mitzeee (Rachel Shenton).
Maxine is described as "savvy" and not afraid to take risks, and she is expected to "cause fireworks" when she arrives in the village this autumn.
Nikki - who also played Dawn Bellamy in 'Heartbeat' - couldn't be happier with her new role.
She said: "Being a member of the 'Hollyoaks' team has so far been an absolute pleasure, and I am excited about what the future holds for my character. I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful show and to be working with an amazing team."
Nikki's first scenes as Maxine will air in E4's first look episode on Monday 5 November and on Channel 4 on Tuesday 6 November.