Britney Spears returned to work yesterday (10FEB06), shrugging off criticism arising from photographs of her driving with her baby Sean Preston on her lap.

The pop superstar, who was in the studio rehearsing her upcoming cameo on hit US sitcom WILL+ Grace, was pilloried by family groups when she drove away from paparazzi with Sean Preston unrestrained on her knee last Sunday (05FEB06).

The 24-year-old will play a conservative Christian talk show host; filming starts next week (begs13FEB06).