Dallas star Linda Gray has signed a new deal to return to Hollyoaks more permanently, following a successful guest appearance last month. The iconic actress took on the role of Marnie Nightingale's mum, Tabitha Maxwell-Brown, for a couple of episodes in November, but is now set to rejoin the Channel 4 soap early in the New Year, according to The Sun. But despite signing on the dotted line, Tabby will still only be returning on a semi-regular basis as previously teased by the show's executive producer Bryan Kirkwood back in the autumn. When speaking about the long-term plans for Tabby previously, Bryan said: "It's looking that way [for her to stay permanently]. I wouldn't say regular, but semi-regular. "The conversations are continuing and she feels like a really natural member of the Nightingale family." He continued: "If you look at the linear between her, Marnie and Ellie - all three of them are all stunning women and I believe in it. I believe she is part of that family. "Linda was absolutely fantastic and everything you'd want. Quiet, dignified, gentle and sweet. She was absolutely no fuss and a wonderful, wonderful person to have around."