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Mar 30, 2009 at 11:42pm IST

Shilpa Shetty in talks to join EastEnders<

London: Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is in talks to join the cast of award-winning English TV soap opera The EastEnders.

The Celebrity Big Brother winner, 33, has been tipped to play a member of a new Indian family later this year on the show, reports the Daily Mail online.

"The EastEnders would be the springboard to long-term success in Britain and that is very much in Shilpa's sights. She knows all about the show as it is a big hit in her homeland and of course it is popular with a lot of Indians in the UK," said a source.

BACK TO UK: Shilpa is tipped to play a member of a new Indian family who will move to Albert Square later this year.

Shilpa was initially offered a role in the BBC soap in 2007 but she turned it down.

The actress has been spending increasing amounts of time in Britain since winning the reality show two years ago and recently bought a 10 million pounds mansion in Weybridge, Surrey with her London-based beau Raj Kundra.