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Hollyoaks launches open auditions

Roxanne McKee
Roxanne McKee was discovered by a past open audition process

Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks has launched an online open audition process to cast a new female character.

Hollyoaks Desperately Seeking is inviting budding actresses aged 18-30 to audition via the E4 website.

The lucky auditionee will land a long term part in the show, starring as a new student character called India.

The competition follows the success of Hollyoaks on the Pull which discovered former cast members Roxanne McKee, Marcus Patrick and Elize Du Toit.

Hopefuls need to download a short script from the E4 website, record an audition video in character as India and then upload the video to E4.

Video entries will be viewed by the Hollyoaks production team and 25 contestants will be shortlisted and invited to audition on the Hollyoaks set.

The top 10 auditionees will be seen by Hollyoaks' series producer Lucy Allan, who will choose the winning actress.

"We are very excited about opening the audition process to a wider audience and hope to find that special, raw talent that we found in Roxanne and Marcus during the On the Pull series," Allan said.

Interest in the competition was so great when it launched that the download page for the audition script crashed. Staff were working on getting it back up and running by the end of Friday.

Entries close on 22 June, 2009 with the winner announced on 4 July.

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