Hal­li­well plays tutu-wear­ing mon­ster

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Spice Girl Geri Hal­li­well has signed up to star as a mon­ster in a chil­dren’s TV show. The singer (pic­tured) will play Is­abella Roar­some in the new Dis­ney car­toon se­ries Henry Hugglemonster, which launches on Bri­tish tele­vi­sion next month. Also adding their voices to the an­i­mated preschool show, which fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of five-year-old mon­ster Henry, are Brian Blessed and Brenda Blethyn. Hal­li­well, 40, plays a mon­ster pop star in the show who is never seen with­out a gold tutu and match­ing bling. ‘‘Be­ing in­volved in Henry Hugglemonster has been such a joy,’’ she says. ‘‘The show has a truly pos­i­tive mes­sage, teach­ing kids to be them­selves and re­mind­ing them of the im­por­tance of fam­ily val­ues. What’s more, it’s been so lovely to share this ex­pe­ri­ence with my own daugh­ter, who helped me learn the songs for my role as Is­abella.’’ The pro­gram screens on Dis­ney Ju­nior UK from Fe­bru­ary 8 and will even­tu­ally be seen by au­di­ences in more than 150 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia. It has been devel­oped from a se­ries of books cre­ated by Ire­land’s Chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate Ni­amh Sharkey. Hal­li­well, Blethyn and Blessed will fea­ture in the English-speak­ing ter­ri­to­ries where Dis­ney Ju­nior airs, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, the US and South Africa.

Coming soon, Dis­ney.

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