By Donna Mcconnell
Covered up: Nicollette Sheridan kept her figure under wraps as strolled on Malibu beach while playing with her dog Oliver
As maneater Edie Britt in the hit show Desperate Housewives, Nicollette Sheridan was no shrinking violet.
So it came as some surprise that the actress, who has previously shed her clothes on the beach with abandon spoilt the fun, and kept a dowdy cover-up on.
Nicollette, 46, was seen strolling on the beach in Malibu wearing a cream kaftan as she walked her dog Oliver accompanied by financier boyfriend Steven Pate
Coy: The actress wore an orange bikini under a white shirt-dress and a straw trilby hat to exercise her dog Oliver
Uncovered: Nicollette seen enjoying at dip last August
The 46-year-old has regularly been seen frolicking on her favourite beach near her Malibu home. But for once she didn't treat onlookers to a glimpse of her stunning figure as she and Steven played fetch with the actress's dog.
Nicollette and Steven have been an item following the end of her relationship to singer Michael Bolton in 2008.
The actress needs all the support she can get as she is suing Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for $20m (£13.6m) for a number of charges including gender violence and wrongful termination.
As well as having Steven on hand, ex-fiancée Bolton has offered her some much needed support. The 57-year-old singer told Hellomagazine.com: 'I'm totally supportive of her.
'There has been some wicked stuff in the news but my vote is for her prevailing. She's going to be fine.'
Bolton's support came in the wake of the other cast members of Desperate Housewives statement in support of the show as they insisted all was well on set.
Speaking to TV Guide about her reasons for leaving, Sheridan said: 'When the show started [in October 2004] it was such a different beast.
'It was exciting and dangerous and funny and edgy and bizarre. It started feeling a little complacent, and that was very frustrating.'
Happy days: Nicollette and financier boyfriend Steven Pate enjoy fun in the sun
But show creator Cherry, 47: 'Edie's already slept with most of the guys on the street and has caused about as many problems as she could.'
Maneater Edie was electrocuted after she crashed her car while fleeing her on screen husband Dave Williams - played by Neal McDonough - who she discovered was trying to murder her.
Nicollette was set to star in an upcoming CBS comedy series as a mother who does battle with her British ex-husband in order to get her teenage daughter to stardom.
But the new series was not optioned when the new CBS autumn/winter schedule was released.
Chilling: Nicollette enjoys the downtime as she has yet to secure another major television role in the wake of her departure from Desperate Housewives
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