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Casting change on BBC One’s ‘The Interceptor’


O-T Fagbenle takes over the role of Ash

David Gyasi has pulled out of his role in new BBC One drama, The Interceptor due to a leg injury which will require a period of rest. O-T Fagbenle (Looking, Thorne, Walter’s War) will replace David in the role of Ash in the eight-part series.

The Interceptor – written by Tony Saint (Strike Back) – is a new gripping and high-octane drama about a state-of-the-art law enforcement team known as UNIT, whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals.

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England, says: “We’re incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor. He’s a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we’re delighted that O-T Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board.”

David Gyasi says: “I’m very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future. The Interceptor team have been wonderful to work with and I wish them and O-T the very best of luck with the production.”


O-T Fagbenle says: “I’ve admired David Gyasi since meeting him, he’s an incredible talent and beautiful person. It’s an honour to take over from him. I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful BBC production.”

The cast also includes: Jo Joyner as Lorna, Ash’s feisty wife and mother to their two children; Robert Lonsdale plays Tommy, his best mate.

Trevor Eve stars as ruthless criminal Roach, Ash’s ultimate target, whilst Anna Skellern and Lorraine Ashbourne star as Kim and Valerie with Ewan Stewart as Cartwright, making up the UNIT team. Gary Beadle and Lee Boardman also play criminals in the drama from BBC Productions..

Filming on The Interceptor will re-commences in April in London.