BBC_One_logo_900Mark Addy and Anna Chancellor have joined the cast of Anthony Horowitz’s investigative crime drama New Blood.

The pair join newcomers Mark Strepan and Ben Tavassoli who last month were cast as the show’s heroes, a pair of young investigators working for the police and Serious Fraud Office,

Brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases, Stefan (Strepan) and Rash (Tavassoli) will come up against rich and powerful individuals, governments and a new breed of criminals who hide behind legitimate facades.

Addy joins the line-up as DS Derek Sands, an experienced police detective whose bitterness at being left behind by younger and more ambitious officers causes problems for Rash.

Commenting on his new role, the actor said: “There’s nothing better than an Anthony Horowitz crime story, and New Blood had me hooked from the first read of the script. I’m looking forward to playing the rough and cynical character of Derek Sands.”

Anna Chancellor is to play Eleanor Davies, Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Stefan’s overall boss.

She said: “It’s brilliant to be part of New Blood and to be playing the fierce Eleanor. I’ve long admired Anthony Horowitz’s work and look forward to bringing his modern and exciting script to screen.”

Executive Producer Jill Green adds: “Eleventh Hour Films is thrilled to be working on a drama that offers a fresh way into crime, with such a surprising, diverse and exceptionally talented cast.”

The seven-part series is currently in production.