SEX + THE CITY star Chris Noth is set to return to the force in 2005 as a LAW + ORDER regular.

The actor, who played MR BIG in Sex + The City, is set to reprise his detective character MIKE LOGAN, which he played for five seasons on the original Law + Order drama in spin-off show CRIMINAL INTENT.

And if series star Vincent D'Onofrio's health problems become a serious problem, Noth is being tipped to take over the lead role in the programme.

THE CELL star D'Onofrio has fainted twice on the set recently with a mystery illness.

A show insider says, "The producers need to protect the show, and I think that moving Noth into the lead would be a very likely scenario."

09/12/2004 21:24