'Once Upon a Time' casts Frances O'Connor as Belle's mom

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Once Upon a Time has tapped Frances O’Connor to play Belle’s mother in the upcoming fourth season, EW has learned exclusively.

The 47-year-old actress will portray Colette, whom we’ll meet briefly in the sixth episode, but find out she had an immense impact on Belle’s life. There’s a possibility to see her again later in the season.

As EW first reported, Belle’s mom will be introduced through flashbacks. “For the first time, we’ll delve into Belle’s past pre-the encounter with Rumple,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says.

The Once casting marks a return to ABC for O’Connor, who previously starred on the short-lived Cashmere Mafia. Her other credits include Mansfield Park, Bedazzled and Mr. Selfridge.

Once Upon a Time returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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