The BBC said officials have set a Nov. 12 start date for the trial, with a plea and case-management hearing scheduled Oct. 12.
Tony McCluskie, 35, was arrested after the torso of his 29-year-old sister was discovered in Regent's Canal March 6. She had been reported missing several days earlier.
The actress was best known for playing Kerry Skinner in the soap opera "EastEnders" in 2001.
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