BBC Three is adding to the cast of Bluestone 42.
The Job Lot and Waterloo Road alum Laura Aikman has boarded the military comedy series and will appear in a recurring role towards the end of the third season, TVWise has learned.
Created by James Cary and Richard Hurst, Bluestone 42 follows a British bomb disposal detachment serving in Afghanistan and features a group of soldiers who really enjoy being soldiers. The series was carefully researched and informed by serving and former members of the armed forces and military experts
Laura Aikman will play Ellen Best, a high-threat bomb disposal expert who couldn’t be less like the rest of them if she tried. She joins a cast which includes 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).
“It’s been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show”, she said. “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.”
“We’re delighted to have Laura join the cast of Bluestone 42″, added series producer Michelle Farr. “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.”
The third season of Bluestone 42 is set to air on BBC Three later this year and sees the team back on patrol in hostile territory with Captain Nick Medhurst still agonising over the padre, Bird 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.