Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is bringing her Spanish thriller Queen Of The South to America.

The actress will star in an English-language small screen adaptation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's novel La Reina del Sur, which became a big hit in South America in 2011.

She'll play Teresa Mendoza in the drama about a woman who is forced to go on the run after after her drug-dealer boyfriend is murdered in Mexico.

USA Network President Chris MCCumber says, "We are excited to bring this global best-selling thriller to our viewers.

"Queen of the South is a suspenseful twist on a dramatic tale of love and betrayal that examines the desperate choices people make when lives are on the line."