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SHOWBIZ FAMILY.

Byline: FIONA EVANS

THE GREAT grandchildren of the late Brookside star Bill Dean are following in his show biz footsteps.

Ruby McNamee,five,and sister,Golda, were picked from hundreds of young hopefuls to star in a dance gala for the Roy Castle Fund at the Liverpool Empire in September.

The sisters grew up hearing stories of their greatgranddad amused the nation as grumpy grand dad Harry Cross.

The actor died in 2000 but the girl's dad David reckons Ruby and Gold a will keep the show biz legacy alive.

David, from Prenton, Wirral, said: ``Bill would be so proud of both the girls. They used to watch him on the telly and say: `There's ga ga'.''

He added: ``Bill thought all along Ruby was a little star. He used to come up and support her in Thornton Hough Primary School. He was a great man and both the girls want to follow in his footsteps.''

Ruby and Gold a have been studying at the Alison Clayton School of Dance, in Claughton Village,Birkenhead, since they were toddlers.

Golda, who made her TV debut in Cracker with Robbie Coltrane, said: ``I am very excited. I have performed at the Empire three times before so I am not nervous.''

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YOUNG STARS: Show business is in the blood for Ruby and Gold a McNamee; INSPIRATION: Actor Bill Dean as Harry
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2003
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