Alexandra Burke to join cast of The Bodyguard

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is joining the West End musical The Bodyguard.

The singer will take over from Beverly Knight who currently plays the role of Rachel Marron - made famous by Whitney Houston in the film version - in June.

The singer beat JLS to the X Factor crown in 2008. Credit: PA Wire

"I couldn't be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be a dream come true. I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege," the singer said.

"I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June."

The show, based on the hit 1992 film which starred Kevin Costner in the title role, runs at the Adelphi Theatre until the end of August.