Former EastEnders and Harley Street star Paul Nicholls is joining the cast of ITV1’s Law & Order: UK.
Nicholls will play headstrong young cop DS Sam Casey who is brought in to investigate the shooting of Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber).
The former Secret Diary of a Call Girl actor joins existing cast members Bradley Walsh, Harriet Walter, Freema Agyeman, Peter Davison and Dominic Rowan.
The British spin-off of the hit US series has been a constant ratings winner for ITV. The latest series achieved an average audience of 5.6 million and a 21% share when it aired this summer.
The new seven part series sees the police and legal teams facing a shocking crime captured on video, up against the clock in the search for a hostage, and exposing a tragic, medical cover-up.
The series is produced by Richard Stokes, Emilia di Girolamo is co-producer and lead writer.
The executive producers are Andrew Woodhead, Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett for Kudos and Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of Law & Order, for Wolf Films.