Soap star Jennifer Ellison has admitted to plenty of nerves as she returns to the stage after a ten year hiatus in the Take That musical.

The former Brookside actress, singer, dancer and reality TV star will play Rachel in Greatest Days, which returns to Mayflower Theatre later this month. 

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Take That’s first UK number 1 single Pray, Greatest Days features more than 15 hits alongside a heart-warming story from Tim Firth of Calendar Girls fame.

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It follows five childhood best friends, obsessed with their favourite 90s boy band. They reunite decades later hoping to see their heartthrobs one last time.

Jennifer, who last starred in Singing' in the Rain in 2013 following appearances in Chicago and Legally Blonde, told the Daily Echo: "It's nerve-wracking but also really exciting. I'm telling myself that it's just like riding a bike and it'll all come back to me when I get back up there!

"It's a bit scary for sure because I haven't done theatre for such a long time but nerves are necessary. They give you the adrenaline to get up there and do a good job."

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When the chance to appear in Greatest Days arose, the Take That fan didn't hesitate. 

The star of Dancing on Ice, Hells Kitchen, The Verdict and SAS: Who Dares Wins, saw the show in its previous incarnation as The Band. 

She added: "I absolutely loved it. I was so captivated by the story, I laughed, I cried and I was on my feet at the end. It's such a feel-good musical."

The musical was renamed earlier this year to coincide with the release of the movie version of the story, which has involved four of the original members of the band. 

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The three remaining members of Take That, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, famously burst onto stage for the finale when the show premiered at Mayflower Theatre in 2017.

An unsuspecting audience went wild and are, no doubt, hoping for a repeat performance this time around. 

Tickets for Greatest Days, which runs from September 26 to 30, are available from