Former Dallas actress Victoria Principal will be the first female passenger on SIR Richard Branson's commercial space flights in 2008.

The 59-year-old beauty, who played BOBBY EWING's wife PAM in the 1980s soap opera, has paid $207,000 (GBP115,000) to blast off 112 kilometres (70 miles) above Earth.

Principal will join William Shatner, Morgan Freeman, Stephen Hawking and Paris Hilton, who have also signed up to be onboard the first flights into space.