Former Skins and Golden Compass actress Dakota Blue Richards is joining the cast of ITV’s Endeavour as new regular character, WPC Shirley Trewlove.
Described as “thorough, determined and forthright,” viewers will see Trewlove quickly impress Morse when he encounters her in the second film of the show’s third series.
Series writer Russell Lewis, says: “Bright, capable and brave, WPC Shirley Trewlove is a very welcome addition to the ranks of Oxford’s Finest.
“While very much a young woman of the 1960s, Trewlove also evokes a very particular kind of timeless British heroine. Betjeman’s ‘Ring leader, Tom-boy, and chum to the weak’.”
Dakota Blue Richards said “It’s very exciting to be joining the talented cast of Endeavour. WPC Trewlove is incredibly astute and enthusiastic and I can’t wait to see how her story unfolds.”
The dramatic finale of the second series saw the young detective languishing in prison having been framed for the murder of Chief Constable Rupert Standish and Thursday’s life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.
Producers have conformed the return of Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn and Abigail Thaw as journalist Dorothea Frazil, but remain tight-lipped about the fate of Thursday (Roger Allam).