Ugly Betty star will play evil character

Vanessa Williams is to star in Desperate Housewives.

The actress will play a ‘wicked new housewife’ when she joins the hit US show next season.

Vanessa is thrilled with her new role after playing evil Wilhelmina Slater in axed series Ugly

‘I’m so excited to be a part of a fantastic franchise and work with a team of such accomplished women,’ the actress says in a statement to Access Hollywood.

‘Given [creator] Marc Cherry‘s record, the character will make a lot of waves on Wisteria Lane!’