EXCLUSIVE: First picture of ex EastEnders star Tanya Franks as she gets her Hollywood break alongside Lindsay Lohan in Liz & Dick
15:13 GMT, 4 July 2012
Big break: Former EastEnders actress Tanya Franks has been cast as Sybil Burton in Liz & Dick alongside Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor
She is most famous for playing drug addict Rainie Cross in EastEnders.
But now Tanya Franks has got her big Hollywood break – playing Richard Burton's jilted wife Sybil alongside Lindsay Lohan in Lifetime movie Liz & Dick.
And in an exclusive picture of Tanya as Sybil, it's clear to see that the 44-year-old actress has left Albert Square far behind her.
Tanya is seen wearing a blonde wig,
blue dress and matching jewellery in the headshot, taken on the set of
the project in Los Angeles.
role is the first big US movie part for Tanya, who has starred in shows
including comedy series Pulling, the Bill and Ashes To Ashes as well as
Tanya stars alongside True Blood actor Grant Bowler, who plays Burton, and Lohan, who stars as Taylor in the film.
Sybil married Burton in 1949, and the
couple had two daughters together before getting divorced in 1963 when
Taylor came into the picture.
Tanya has been working hard shooting Liz
& Dick over the past few weeks, and has already won praise from the
director for her 'emotionally charged' performance.
Back in the day: Tanya is arguably most famous for playing drug addict Rainie in EastEnders, seen here with Phil Mitchell
As they were: Burton and Sybil married in 1949 and had two daughters together
It remains to be seen how Lohan's performance is received by fans and critics, although many are hoping the project can be used as a vehicle to put her most recent movie flops, including 2009's Labor Pains, behind her.
Liz & Dick is due to air on Lifetime on November 3rd.
In character: Lindsay was seen on the set of Liz & Dick earlier this week, taking on Taylor's most famous role of Cleopatra