Robin Hood star Richard Armitage will join the Grid when the Spooks them return to BBC One later this year.
Taking a break from the dreadful remake of Robin Hood Armitage will appear alongside Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris and Peter Firth as MI5 officer Lucas North who has spent spent the past eight years in a Russian prison.
Lucas is keen to get back to work straight away and, with Section D’s current priority operation having a strong Russian connection, he could well prove invaluable. But, after eight years with only a high ranking Russian spymaster for company, can Lucas’s loyalty really be taken for granted?
Richard said: “Joining Spooks is a fantastic opportunity and I’m particularly pleased to be playing the hero for a change! Lucas North is certainly a nicer piece of work than Guy of Gisborne, although he does have a dark side too. Plus I’ll be able to get out of wearing head-to-toe leather for this role, unless of course I didn’t read the small print…”
Producers have also announced that Ros Myers (Hermione Norris) will find her way back to the Grid and fans will see how Adam Carter (Rupert Penry-Jones) has recovered from his traumatic capture by mercenaries and discover Jo Portman’s (Miranda Raison) fate at the hands of their captors at the end of series six.
“Spooks 7 promises to be a spectacular series,” says Sarah Brandist, BBC Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama. “Along with our much loved gang, we are so thrilled to be welcoming the brilliant Richard Armitage to the team. Audiences are going to be intrigued and engaged by the rather compelling force of Lucas North!”