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Kerry Ellis takes over from Nicole Scherzinger in Cats?

The Wicked star will reportedly play Grizabella at the Palladium from February

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Kerry Ellis

Current WhatsOnStage Awards nominee Kerry Ellis is reportedly taking over the role of Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger in Cats at the London Palladium next year.

Ellis, best known for starring in Wicked in the West End and on Broadway, will play Grizabella from 9 February, according to the Daily Mail.

Cats, which has returned to the West End after a 12-year hiatus, opened to rave reviews at the Palladium earlier this month and is currently booking to 27 February 2015, though an extension is likely.

After appearing as one of Martine McCutcheon's understudies in My Fair Lady, Kerry Ellis' breakthrough role came in 2002 when she played Meat in the premiere of Queen musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.

Her other credits include Wicked (for which she won the 2008 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role), Oliver!, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Rent.