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Lucie sings her way into first TV role - and spot on album.

Byline: Robin Turner Reporter robin.turner@walesonline.co.uk

FORMER X-Factor finalist turned West End star Lucie Jones is making her TV acting debut next month when she plays a budding folk singer in long running ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders.

And for the first time ever, the makers of the show, on our screens since 1997, are bringing out an album of songs to co-incide with the series - and Lucie will be among the artists singing.

Lucie, 23, plays Melody Carver who gets caught in a police investigation when a song made famous by her late father seems to be inspiring a series of killings.

Lucie said: "I have acted on stage but I've never been given the opportunity to do TV acting before so I didn't expect to get anything from the audition.

"I was very nervous so when I got the job it was amazing. On the first day of filming I was absolutely terrified but the director Renny Rye talked me through step by step and Sean Gilder who plays my dad really helped me - what a lovely, lovely man."

Lucie found she had much in common with her character.

She said: "Melody is at an age when she is just starting to push against her dad. As a teenager I had spats with my parents so I could use that.

"She is a folk singer which obviously suited me, and comes from a small village, like mine - Pentyrch near Cardiff.

"She gets a gig in a pub garden but then her dad Danny turns up and doesn't want her to perform. We think at first that he's unreasonable, but learn that his brother was a star who committed suicide from the pressures of the business. So we understand why Danny is so protective."

Luckily for Lucie's fans, the episode includes a chance to hear her singing talents.

She said: "I get to sing a song called The Ballad of Midsomer which was written especially by Seth Lakeman. He's a brilliant songwriter and we recorded it at a music studio in Shepherd's Bush. This time, I felt very comfortable going into my own territory. I listen to folk music but hadn't sung it for years so it was very refreshing."

Since appearing on the X-Factor, Lucie has continued her solo singing career and has also appeared in West End musicals as well as doing presenting and modelling jobs.

She said: "I'll be singing at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on St David's Day this year in a concert hosted by the One Show's Alex Jones."

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