Cast announced for Anthony Horowitz’s new drama, New Blood

Mark Addy joins new BBC One crime drama

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Mark Addy (Atlantis, Remember Me) and Anna Chancellor (Mapp And Lucia, The Hour) are to star in Anthony Horowitz’s new 7-part BBC One drama, New Blood, alongside newcomers Mark Strepan and Ben Tavassoli.

The investigative crime drama will show a unique side of modern London through the eyes of two outsiders.

The cast also includes Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Kimberley Nixon (Critical), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty) Aiysha Hart (Atlantis) and Dorian Lough (Peaky Blinders).

Mark will play DS Derek Sands, an experienced police detective who has found himself left behind by younger and more ambitious officers, and his professional and personal bitterness causes problems for Rash (Ben Tavassoli), who’s trying to learn from him.

Anna plays Eleanor Davies, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Stefan’s (Mark Strepan) overall boss. Clever, tough, pragmatic and aware that her job is an impossible one, she relishes her work – but her personal life is not a happy one.

Mark Addy says: “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.”

Anna says: “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.”

New Blood is produced by Eleventh Hour Films (Safe House, Foyle’s War) and created and written by Anthony Horowitz.