Neil Morrissey and Charlie Brooks are to appear in series three of CBBC drama The Dumping Ground. The pair will each join the cast for one episode of the sequel to The Story of Tracey Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns.
EastEnders actress Brooks will play Stephanie Branston who, along with her footballer husband, attends a fostering day at the eponymous Dumping Ground. She will be joined on screen by her real-life daughter Kiki who plays Maude, daughter of another couple present at the meet-and-greet.
Morrissey – recently seen in Line of Duty – will appear as Keith, the abusive father of regular character Johnny (Joe Maw) who returns to his family and threatens the domestic stability of Johnny, his mother, Tee (Mia McKenna-Bruce) and new baby Hope.
Brooks has completed two stints on EastEnders playing villainous Janine Butcher, departing for a second time last March. She also competed on the 2011 Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing, crowned champion with Vincent Simone, and was voted queen of the jungle after appearing on the twelfth series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Morrissey is best known for playing Tony on Men Behaving Badly and portrayed deputy head Eddie Lawson on two series of Waterloo Road and DC Nigel Morton on Line of Duty.
A string of additional guest stars have also been announced, including Ray Emmet Brown (Prime Suspect), Stuart Manning (Hollyoaks), Martina Lair (Casualty), Dai Bradley (Kes) and Dallas Campbell (Bang Goes The Theory).
The third series of the Bafta-winning series is filming in Newcastle until November 2014 and is set in the fictional children’s home made famous by Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling books and first portrayed on screen in BBC’s The Story of Tracy Beaker starring Dani Harmer. The Dumping Ground will return to screens in 2015.