LONDON – Susan Boyle is making her big-screen acting debut in a Christmas-themed British period drama.

The Scottish singer appears in “The Christmas Candle,” a story of angels and wishes set in an English village in the 1890s.

Boyle’s role has not been disclosed. In a statement, Boyle said she was enjoying filming and “everyone on set is a delight to work with.”

The movie also stars British actors Lesley Manville, John Hannah and Samantha Barks, who recently played Eponine in the film “Les Miserables.” It is scheduled to be released later this year.

A shy church volunteer from a small village in Scotland, Boyle became a global sensation in 2009 after she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” on the television program “Britain’s Got Talent.”

She has since sold millions of records around the world.

Judge rejects Lohan trial delay, scolds lawyer

LOS ANGELES – A judge refused Friday to delay Lindsay Lohan’s trial on reckless driving and other charges and admonished her attorney, saying the lawyer needs help on the case.

Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney advised New York lawyer Mark Heller that his pleadings weren’t appropriate under California law.

Heller said after the hearing that he was simply trying to protect Lohan’s rights.

Dabney also said there was no good reason to delay the March 18 trial, noting that he was skeptical that more time would allow Lohan to demonstrate she had changed after years of run-ins with the law.

Lohan has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing officers after her sports car crashed in June. She was on probation in a theft case at the time.

“Lindsay doesn’t have a problem with alcohol and drugs,” Heller said. “Lindsay’s issues are different,” he said, declining to elaborate further.

Playwright out ahead on pope leaving

NEW YORK – The debut of Tom Attea’s new play is likely to benefit from some holy timing — he’s written a play about a pope resigning.

The off-Broadway company Theater for the New City said Friday it will produce Attea’s “Benedictus,” a play written two years ago about a pope who steps down.

It is slated to run from May 30 to June 16 at the company’s home in lower Manhattan. Mark Mercante will direct the production.

According to producers, the play is about the fictional Pope Benedictus, who has visions that command him to follow a new calling. Top cardinals must then decide what to do with him.

Attea, a playwright and lyricist, has had eight musicals and one play produced off-Broadway.