EXCLUSIVE: Ross Armstrong has joined the cast of ITV1’s drama series Foyle’s War in a recurring role for its upcoming eighth season. My sources are telling me that Armstrong will be playing a character named Danny Willis and will appear in all 3 two-hour episodes. Created by Anthony Horowitz, Foyle’s War originally followed Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, who investigated criminals taking advantage of the circumstances in the UK during World War Two. Season eight will be set during the early period after World War Two, where Foyle, now a senior intelligence officer, will focus his attention on the world of espionage as he gathers secret intelligence in support of Britain’s security, defence and the Government’s foreign and economic policies.
Gabriela Montaraz has signed up for a guest role in the next season of BBC One’s drama series New Tricks. Montaraz, repped by Shepherd Management, has been cast as Natalie Bossano in the two part opening episode, penned by Simon Allen, which will be shot on location in Gibraltar later this month. Montaraz is a relative new comer to British television, having previously appeared in an episode of Doctor Who. New Tricks was created by Nigel McCrery & Roy Mitchell and follows a group of retired police officers, who are brought back into the fold as part of UCOS (Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad), a unit dedicated to solving cold cases. The drama series stars Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman, Denis Lawson and Amanda Redman. The show’s upcoming tenth season, which runs 10 episodes, will also see the addition of Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools And Horses) to the main cast.
John Paul Hurley has landed a guest spot on BBC Two’s upcoming 1920s gangster drama Peaky Blinders. Hurley, repped by Shepherd Management, has also recently been cast in BBC Ones’s upcoming drama The Village. Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is set in Birmingham in 1919 and follows the extended Delaney family whose many brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles make up the fiercest gang of post-war Birmingham: the ‘Peaky Blinders.’ The gang got their name for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, and they make their money from off track betting, protection and robbery. The gang is led by Tommy, the most ruthless brother of them all, whose leadership is about to be put to the test. A ruthless new police chief arrives in town from Belfast to clean up the city and, perhaps more lethally, a beautiful woman arrives in the neighborhood with a mysterious past and a dangerous secret.
Christine Bottomley is set to appear in two episodes of BBC One’s long running drama series Silent Witness when the show returns for its sixteenth season early next year. Bottomley, whose previous credits include guest spots on Inspector George Gently and the recently cancelled sitcom In With The Flynns, has been cast as DI Kate Warren, a female police officer attached to a case being investigated by the forensic team. The two parter will be directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, while the other directors on the two part episodes that will make up season 16 are Anthony Byrne, Richard Clark, David Richards and Douglas Mackinnon. The show’s sixteenth season is set to pick up after the events of the season 15 finale which saw the departure of main cast member Tom Ward, who had been on the series since 2002 playing forensic pathologist Dr Harry Cunningham. Joining the cast as series regulars for the new season are David Caves & Liz Carr. Caves plays the straight-talking and disarmingly quick-witted Jack Hodgson, one of the youngest forensic scientists in the country. While Carr has been cast as as forensic lab scientist Clarissa Mullery.