Just in case you had any doubt, it's official: Finola Hughes will be joining the cast of All My Children. While Hughes' arrival hasn't been much of a surprise---we've been reporting it for at least a month---much about Hughes' character on AMC remains a tightly guarded secret
From 1985 to 1992, Hughes played the popular Anna Devane on General Hospital. In 1991 she won an Emmy for her work on the show. The character that Hughes is slated to play on AMC is Alexandra Devane. With names so close to one another, many are wondering if Alexandra and Anna are long lost sibling or if the characters are really one and the same. Of course the characters could be totally unrelated allowing the writers to have a good chuckle as the rumors fly. If Alexandra and Anna really are the same person, the AMC writers will be left with the difficult task of explaining why Anna Devane is not dead. The character passed away on General Hospital. Of course, they've done it before, most recently with Mike Roy.
ABC is enjoying the hype surrounding Hughes' return to daytime. An ABC statement promises that Hughes will bring with her a "deadly secret as well as an ill-fated connection to one of AMC's core characters." The early guesses Dimitri Marick tied to Hughes. Michael Nader, who plays Dimitri, has already indicated that he will not renew his contract with ABC when it expires later this year. Nader has been with the show for eight years. (See Later, Nader in the AMCNews section for additional information)
If you aren't a General Hospital viewer, you still may have seen some of Hughes' work. She's appeared on "Blossom" from 1994-1995 and on the defunct Fox drama "Pacific Palisades" in 1997. Hughes first gained attention when she starred in the premiere cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical "Cats," as the original White Cat.
A native of London, Hughes got her first big break in America when Sylvester Stallone cast her as John Travolta's lost interest in the Staying Alive.
According to the New York Daily News, Hughes maintains homes in Los Angeles and London with her husband, photographer Russell Young. The couple will, however, relocate to New York so that Hughes can be near the AMC studios.
AMC viewers need not be on the lookout for Alexandra Devane. Her arrival is still more than a month away. ABC says that the actress will first appear on-screen on July 23rd. You guessed it---just in time for a Friday cliffhanger!