Eighties pop star Bonnie Tyler is to make a cameo appearance in Hollyoaks' E4 spin-off. The Total Eclipse Of The Heart singer will turn up in a vision in an episode of Hollyoaks Later, to be screened on October 2. As an imprisoned Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna) bemoans her plight, the songstress will appear - before dishing out some words of wisdom on the opposite sex. The pair will then sing an impromptu duet of Bonnie's hit I Need A Hero, promoting the arrival of Carmel's very own hero. Welsh-born Bonnie, 58, has had a career spanning more than three decades. Hollyoaks' producer, Bryan Kirkwood, said: "It's a real coup for Hollyoaks Later to have Bonnie. We're delighted she's agreed to take part in what will be a hilarious and entertaining sequence. "Hollyoaks Later is a cocktail of drama, comedy and slightly absurd fantasy which I'm sure viewers will love!"
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