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January 21, 2015 06:30 PM

Brenda Strong has a wedding to plan!

The 54-year-old former star of Dallas is engaged to director-actor John Farmanesh-Bocca, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Strong told Closer Weekly that she first met her betrothed in a play they did together, but they didn’t start dating until later.

“This came completely by surprise on all levels,” Strong told the magazine. “I have so much to look forward to with him and in our lives together.”

Strong played Bobby Ewing’s wife Ann on TNT’s Dallas, which was cancelled in October after three seasons.

Previously, Strong was nominated for two Emmys for her role on ABC’s long-running drama Desperate Housewives.

Strong’s first marriage, to Tom Henri, ended in divorce in 2013. They have one child together.

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