Rachel Tucker, one of the losing contestants on I’d Do Anything, has won a leading role in We Will Rock You.

The Northern Irish actress was one of the favourites on the BBC1 talent show to win the role of Nancy in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Oliver!, which begins in October.

But the 26-year-old was eliminated in the final four, with Blackpool's Jodie Prenger eventually victorious.

However, less than two months after losing out on national television, Tucker has been signed up to star in the long-running Queen musical from September.

The Belfast girl, who has already worked in Rod Stewart’s Tonight's the Night in the West End, as well as national productions of Rent, The Wizard of Oz and The Full Monty, is to take the leading role of Meat in the Ben Elton-penned show.

"It is a dream part. We Will Rock You is one of my favourite shows," she said.

"I first saw it when I was a student at the Royal Academy and loved it."

She added: "I am beside myself with excitement. I just can't believe it."

We Will Rock You is currently in its seventh year at the Dominion Theatre in central London.

11/07/2008 09:18:47