Ripper Street series three might have only just started airing on the BBC, but over in Ireland they’re already busy filming the next series (with another in the pipeline) – and one of their newly-announced cast members is a bit magical.
Yes, Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom – aka Matthew Lewis – is trading in his wand and Remembrall for a truncheon and police whistle for the new series, in which he’ll play an as-yet-unnamed policeman working in Matthew MacFadyen, Adam Rothenberg and Jerome Flynn’s H Division.
Lewis (who most recently starred in BBC3’s Bluestone 42) hinted at his involvement on Twitter yesterday, but as of yet there are no more details about how exactly his character will fit into the world of Ripper Street. Great moustache, though.
Sometimes I like to dress like a 19th Century policeman and insist somebody takes pictures of me next to a horse. pic.twitter.com/xdStaC2cMc
Another new casting comes with a bit more information attached, however – Shameless’s David Threlfall, who will be playing a villain called Abel Croker (below). Described as a “keeper of men’s secrets” and a “wharfinger”, we’re sure he’ll cause the team no end of bother – and perhaps he might even have a few of their secrets locked away somewhere…
Other new additions to the cast include Jonas Armstrong (probably best remembered for shooting arrows at Keith Allen in Robin Hood), David Warner and Killian Scott, with series one stars Lucy Cohu and Derek Riddell returning to their roles of Deborah Goren and Constantine after a long absence. Regulars MyAnna Buring and Charlene McKenna will also return alongside MacFayden, Rothenberg and Flynn.