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Finalists revealed for Nancy role

I'd Do Anything presenter Graham Norton with the final 12 Nancy hopefuls

An agony aunt, a student and a former soap actress are among the 12 finalists in the BBC's latest musical talent show I'd Do Anything.

Over the next few weeks they'll be battling it out on BBC One for the chance to land the role of Nancy in a new West End production of Oliver!

They'll face a public vote in the show, which is being hosted by Graham Norton.

Three young boys will also be chosen to share the role of the orphan Oliver, but they will be picked by the judges.

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Lee Mead (Photo credit Ian West/PA Wire)
Lee Mead won the role of Joseph
The 12 Nancy hopefuls are aged from 17 to 28 and include trained actresses and singers as well new performers.

Oliver! is based on Charles Dickens' book, Oliver Twist, which tells the story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London.

Success stories

Last year, Lee Mead won the BBC series Any Dream Will do, to take the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

In 2006, Connie Fisher won How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? to star in Lloyd Webber's revival of The Sound of Music.

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