Downton Abbey’s Robert James-Collier and Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick will join the cast of Channel 4’s RTS award-winning drama Ackley Bridge.
Having recently been taken over by the Valley Trust, new deputy head teacher Martin Evershed (Robert James-Collier) and director of behaviour Sue Carp (Charlie Hardwick) are called in to put the school to rights.
Ackley Bridge’s upcoming third season will also see Jo Joyner return as headteacher Mandy Carter, along with Poppy Lee Friar and Amy-Leigh Hickman who play school friends Missy and Nasreen.
“I am thrilled to be asked to play the part of Martin Evershed, the new Deputy Head at Ackley Bridge,” said Robert James-Collier on his new role.
“Such fearless and talented young actors bring a special spirit and energy on set and I hope I can learn from that and add to it in my own way.”
Charlie Hardwick added that she’s “absolutely over the moon to be joining Ackley Bridge, I was already a fan. It has fantastic characters and brilliantly sharp story-telling which tackles the desires and concerns of a diverse school of young people and their community head on, in full-beam.
“It’s funny and moving in equal measure and has a huge heart. Unlike the new director of behaviour Sue Carp.”
Eight new episodes of the drama will air later this year on Channel 4.