Shirley Bassey: A Very British Diva will trace the Cardiff-born star's rise from poverty to international stardom.
The Irish actress said it was "an absolute honour" to be cast in the role.
The cast also features Lesley Sharp, as Bassey's mother. The one-hour drama is due to be broadcast in the autumn.
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Source Ruth to me is perfect so I'm happy she is getting more work. And she BETTER be back on Misfits unless I'm done with the show.