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Toyah turns Jewish mum

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-06-13

Toyah Wilcox

Toyah Wilcox

Singer and actress Toyah Wilcox is to play the mother of a high-class Jewish prostitute in ITV's dramatisation of Belle de Jour.

The blog turned book which also spawned a sequel already has former Doctor Who actress Billie Piper in the lead role as the upscale Jewish prostitute which is due to be screened later this year on ITV2.

ITV describes the story of Belle as: “… a 21st-century Moll Flanders, an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the high-class sex trade. It is an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary young woman whose conventional family have no idea that she is leading a double life."

The eight part drama is to start production shortly and Belle de Jour herself has expressed support for the TV adaptation.

"I couldn't be more excited, and I know the writers and actors and everyone else will do a great job," she said.