is set to star in a US version of hit British comedy The Vicar of Dibley
. The former Cheers
actress, 56, will star in The Minister of Divine
as a preacher who returns to the small town where she was once a teenage rebel.
Fox TV will make a pilot episode of the new comedy, co-produced by Vicar
creator Richard Curtis, before deciding whether to go ahead with a complete series.
British comedienne Dawn French
has played the lead role in The Vicar of Dibley
since it began in 1994.
ended in 1993, Kirstie has had roles in several comedy sitcoms including Veronica's Closet
and Fat Actress
, which mocked her real-life battle with obesity.
In November 2006 she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show
in a bikini to show off her new figure, having lost a total of 75lbs.