British star Elizabeth Hurley has landed a regal role in a new U.S. Tv series about a fictional royal family.

The Bedazzled beauty will play a queen in the pilot for The Royals, which centres around a modern British royal family and will air on America's E! Network.

The pilot will be penned by One Tree Hill writer Mark Schwahn and is "part fairy tale, part cautionary tale".

A statement from Tv bosses adds that the programme is "steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British monarchy and framed by Shakespeare's Hamlet".