In what promises to be an unforgettable River City storyline, Claire Richards from pop group Steps will make a special cameo appearance in actor Gary Lamont's final episode who is leaving popular Scottish soap after eight years playing the character Robbie Fraser.
The episode which airs on BBC One Scotland next month centres around a life-changing opportunity which comes calling for former hairdresser Robbie - a chance to go on tour with Steps. Robbie must decide whether it’s Better The Devil You Know or a Tragedy to stay in Shieldinch.
Talking about her forthcoming cameo appearance, Claire Richards from Steps said:
"I was thrilled to be asked to be part of Gary's River City finale as we're good friends. Besides our music videos, being on a film set is something new to me but I really enjoyed the experience. I'm looking forward to heading back to Scotland at the end of this year for our Steps UK tour. Hopefully we'll catch some of the River City cast in the crowd showing off their moves!"
River City actor Gary Lamont said:
"Claire and I are good friends and I'm also a super fan of Steps so I thought 'Well if you don't ask you don't get!’. Thankfully she didn’t think it was too ridiculous an idea and popped up to be part of my finale. It was a huge secret on set at the time and I don't think the cast and crew quite believed it until she stepped on to Montego Street. Now that I've kicked off her acting career I've told her I want a commission for all future work. Seems only fair!"
River City’s Executive Producer, Kieran Hannigan, said:
"This is a must-see moment in River City's history and I’m sure fans will love the fabulous finale we've given Robbie Fraser. Gary has been at the heart of the show for eight years and will be sorely missed by cast, crew and the audience but we support his desire to explore new acting avenues and wish him all the best in the future. The door will always be left open for his return."
Since making his debut in 2009, River City's Robbie Fraser has been involved in some of the show's most dramatic storylines including the first civil partnership in Scottish drama between Robbie and his policeman partner, DC Will Cooper (played by Scott Vickers) in 2012.
Robbie and Will were also embroiled in a dramatic and far-reaching gay domestic abuse storyline as well fostering in 2014. Most recently, Robbie became addicted to prescription painkillers and, this week, his character took an accidental overdose when he mixed drugs with drink.
Lately his hedonistic lifestyle and a dangerous liaison with local bad boy Stevie O'Hara (Iain Robertson) has seen Robbie's life go off the rails. Gary Lamont's final episode in River City airs on BBC One Scotland on Tuesday 8 August, 8pm.