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Last Updated: Wednesday March 12 2008 13:55 GMT

Britney set to star in US TV show

Britney Spears in January

Britney Spears is making her acting comeback with a role in a TV show.

The 26-year-old is set to guest star as a doctor's receptionist in an episode of a really popular American sitcom, called How I Met Your Mother.

Britney's people are said to have approached the network that makes the programme because she was looking for "a small part on a funny show".

She's said to be filming her scenes this week, with the episode due to be shown in America on 24 March.

Lots of people want to see how Britney will cope with the role after a troubled few months in which she's spent time in hospital to get help with her mental health.

Britney's dad Jamie Spears
Britney's dad has control of her money and well-being
Her dad has been given control of her money and well-being and it seems things are finally starting to look up for the star.

She was recently allowed to see her sons - Jayden James, aged one, and two-year-old Sean Preston - for the first time in nearly two months after reaching an agreement with their father Kevin Federline.

Mr Federline's spokesman said Britney's dad had played a big part in making the visit possible.