Mark Addy and Anna Chancellor join cast of Anthony Horowitz’s BBC1 drama New Blood

The pair have been cast in a new BBC thriller from the pen of the Foyle's War creator, can reveal

A new BBC1 crime drama from Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz has a pair of sparkling leads, can reveal.


Mark Addy and Anna Chancellor have been cast alongside Mark Bonnar and Kimberley Nixon in New Blood, a London-based investigative saga that “will show a unique side of modern London through the eyes of two outsiders,” according to the BBC.

Atlantis and Game of Thrones star Addy will play the “rough and cynical” DS Derek Sands, an experienced police detective embittered by the success of younger and more ambitious officers. In particular he causes problems for Rash (Ben Tavassoli) who’s trying to learn from him.

Anna Chancellor – known to many as Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Duck Face, amongst other roles – plays Eleanor Davies, the “tough and pragmatic” director of the Serious Fraud Office.

Other cast members include Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Dancing on the Edge), Aiysha Hart (Atlantis, Honour) and Dorian Lough (Peaky Blinders, The Smoke). 

Addy said: “There’s nothing better than an Anthony Horowitz crime story, and New Blood had me hooked from the first read of the script. I’m looking forward to playing the rough and cynical character of Derek Sands.”

Chancellor said of her new role: ‘It’s brilliant to be part of New Blood and to be playing the fierce Eleanor. I’ve long admired Anthony Horowitz’s work and look forward to bringing his modern and exciting script to screen.”


Created and written by Horowitz and produced by Eleventh Hour Films (Safe House, Foyle’s War, Vexed), New Blood is a seven-part drama series directed by Anthony Philipson (Cuffs, Our Girl and 24 Hours In A&E).