Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has confessed that she would love to nab a role in Downton Abbey – as it would give her a chance to get dressed up in period costume.

Bronagh, who plays feisty Cheryl Brady in the Channel 4 show, told Inside Soap magazine she had developed a taste for the outfits of the era after throwing a fancy dress party to celebrate her recent 30th birthday.

Maybe my next gig will be on Downton Abbey. I’m hoping the casting directors will see the pictures of me from my birthday and say, ‘Do you know what? She’d look brilliant next to Dame Maggie Smith!’

“That would be a dream come true.”

Back on screen in Hollyoaks, Bronagh’s alter ego is mourning the death of her best friend Lynsey Nolan – with co-star Emmett J Scanlan, who plays Cheryl’s brother Brendan, also recently hinting that he could be set for an untimely exit, something which Bronagh said would destroy Cheryl.

“Cheryl’s world would crumble if Brendan died, she’s such a strong woman, but pretty much everyone in her life has passed away,” the actress admitted.

However she is set for some dramatic scenes with Brendan as they attempt to repair their relationship, after she caught him trying to dispose of a corpse.

“Blood is thicker than water and I hope Cheryl wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of that,” Bronagh said.

“But Brendan has done some terrible things so he’s got a lot of work to do if he wants to build bridges with his sister.”