Paul Nicholls replacing Jamie Bamber on Law & Order: UK

Former EastEnders star will make his debut in 2012. Watch the new opening titles here

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Ex-EastEnders actor Paul Nicholls is joining the cast of Law & Order: UK, which will return on ITV1 in the New Year.

Nicholls has been drafted in to play DS Sam Casey, a headstrong young officer with a strong sense of justice, who signs up to the team following the shooting of DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber).

Also returning for the latest seven-part series are Harriet Walter, Freema Agyeman, Peter Davison, Dominic Rowan and Bradley Walsh. The cops-and-courtroom saga, which made its debut in 2009, achieved an average audience of 5.6m and a 21% share for its last run of episodes, which were shown earlier in 2011.

Below is a sneak peek of Nicholls in the new opening titles:

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