Former The Bill actor Ben Richards is joining the cast of Hollyoaks as a new regular character.
Richards, who is best known for his role as Nate Roberts on the defunct ITV police drama series, has already filmed his first scenes as Ben Bradley, a police sergeant who will be connected to two existing regular characters.
Ben will feature on screen alongside Jason Roscoe (Alfie Brown-Sykes) as the teenager tries to turn his life around by joining the police force.
He is also set to be a potential love interest for troubled resident Sienna Blake (Anna Passey). However, with all her demons, it remains to be seen whether she will finally find happiness.
A show spokesperson said: ''We are delighted to confirm that Ben Richards has joined the cast. We hope Sgt Bradley settles into Hollyoaks village - despite becoming unwisely entangled with Sienna Blake."
Meanwhile, a show insider has revealed that the new character may live to regret getting involved with Sienna.
They quipped: ''Unfortunately Ben seems not to have been completely truthful about his past and is making a big mistake if he thinks this will slip past Sienna."
Ben's first scenes will air on screen in May.