EXCLUSIVE: Sky1’s family comedy series Starlings is adding to its cast for its upcoming second season. My sources tell me that Sydney Rae White, repped by United Agents and best known for her role on CBBC’s Young Dracula, has been cast in the series. Details of her role are being kept under wraps but one source tells me that she will be playing a new relative who will be introduced in the season 2 opener. Starlings, created by Matt King and Steve Edge, follows the lives of the Starlings family, a typical working class brood living in a detached house in Matlock, Derbyshire and stars Matt King, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Alan Williams, Finn Atkins, John Dagleish, Rebecca Night and Ukweli Roach. The series is produced by Baby Cow Productions, with Henry Normal and Steve Coogan serving as executive producers. Production is currently underway on the show’s 8 episode second season, with Sky1 eyeing a Spring 2013 premiere.
Keith Barron is returning to Lapland. I have just learned that the actor is set to recur on BBC One’s six episode comedy series. He will play Maurice, a potential love interest for Eileen Lewis (Sue Johnston), reprising the same role he played in the original 2011 Christmas special. Barron is the latest actor to land a guest spot on the series, other guest actors on the series include Susan Twist and Eileen O’Brien. Lapland, a continuation of the 2011 special of the same name, was recently picked up to series by BBC One with a six episode order. The comedy series centres on Eileen Lewis’ continued struggle to find her own peace and joy in life after losing her husband Ted, as often confounded by her hilariously self-centred children and loveable but trying grandchildren. The main cast includes Sue Johnston, Julie Graham, Elizabeth Berrington, William Ash and Dean Andrews.