Waterloo Road and The Job Lot star Laura Aikman is joining the cast of BBC Three’s comedy Bluestone 42 set around a fictional bomb disposal squad working in Afghanistan.
The actress will play Ellen Best, a high-threat-bomb disposal expert who couldn’t be less like the rest of them if she tried.
She’ll appear alongside returning cast members Oliver Chris (Breathless), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal And The White), Jamie Quinn (Coming Up), Scott Hoatson (The Wicker Tree), Stephen Wight (The Paradise) and Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax).
As viewers rejoin the team on patrol they’ll find Captain Nick Medhurst (Chris) still agonising over the padre, Bird (Lyons) still agonising over Nick and the team braced to continue fighting bureaucracy, the Taliban and each other equipped with their customary brand of gallows humour.
Laura Aikman said: “It’s been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show.
“It’s also given me an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the army and make some amazing new friends, who I may never otherwise have met.”
Michelle Farr, series producer, says: “We’re delighted to have Laura join the cast of Bluestone 42.
“She is a wonderfully funny actress, and the character of Ellen shakes up the Bluestone team brilliantly, setting up the show for a dangerously funny third series.“