She's the soap star turned pop act who is considered Nigel Farage's secret weapon in the General Election campaign - and she is a Saints fan with links to Southampton.

Holly Valance, who starred as Felicity 'Flick' Scully in Neighbours between 1999 and 2002 as well as appearing in Prison Break, has taken a keen interest in British and international politics since marrying billionaire property tycoon Nick Candy and settling in the UK with their family. 

The Kiss Kiss singer has long been a supporter of politician and broadcaster Nigel Farage.

She attended the launch of the new conservative movement Popular Conservatism, led by former Prime Minister Liz Truss and hosting a dinner in London to fundraise for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Daily Echo: Holly Valance

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This week she went a step further, claiming she convinced Nigel Farage to stand to be an MP in July's General Election after 'whispering in his ear for a long time'.

The 41-year-old said she talked the new Reform leader around after he initially decided against running before a U-turn which saw him announce on Monday that he would stand in Clacton, Essex. 

Holly has a Serbian pianist and model father Rajko Vukadinović and a British model mother Rachel (née Stephens), who was born in Southampton to a father who was a relative of the city's famous former comedian Benny Hill. 

She has never forgotten her Hampshire roots and back in 2003, in the run up to the cup final which Saints eventually lost to Arsenal, revealed she was a Southampton supporter with a soft spot for star striker James Beattie. 

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Holly's support of Reform, who she has pledged to vote for on July 4, could cause yet more problems for troubled PM Rishi Sunak, a fellow Saints supporter who grew up in Bassett and was seen at St Mary's cheering on Russell Martin's men as they beat West Brom in the second leg of the play off semi final. 

Campaigning left Rishi Sunak too busy to attend the recent Wembley play off final victory over Leeds and it is not known whether Holly Valance has ever seen Saints live. 

Valance's husband Nick Candy attempted to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich in 2022.

Daily Echo: Nigel Farage made an "emergency general election announcement" on Monday, the emergency presumably