Former BEVERLY HILLS 90210 star Shannen Doherty is heading to Hawaii to play the "bitchy" sister of Bruce Willis' ex Brooke Burns in new TV show NORTH SHORE.

Doherty will start appearing on American TV screens from 20 September (04) as ALEXANDRA HUDSON, an "ambitious" long-lost sister of Burns' character NICOLE BOOTH.

TV network Fox is hoping to boost the recently-debuted show's struggling ratings by adding some extra screen sizzle with Doherty's mean character.

Doherty says, "I'm lucky because I have a really loyal fan base and I hope they come over.

"We're still fleshing (my character) out. I think Alexandra has a lot of vulnerability. She grew up knowing her dad was alive and that he knew she was alive, yet wanted nothing to do with her. I'm sure she has some daddy issues."

The brunette beauty will appear in a three-episode arc on the show, with an option to become a regular fixture if the series is given the go-ahead to continue.

10/08/2004 09:16