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New recruit joins BBC3 comedy


Waterloo Road actress Laura Aikman is to star in the third series of BBC Three comedy, Bluestone 42.

Joining the team later in the run of series three, Laura plays new arrival Ellen Best, a high-threat-bomb disposal expert who couldn’t be less like the rest of them if she tried.

Laura Aikman says: “It’s been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show. It’s also given me an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the army and make some amazing new friends, who I may never otherwise have met.”

Michelle Farr, series producer, says: “We’re delighted to have Laura join the cast of Bluestone 42. She is a wonderfully funny actress, and the character of Ellen shakes up the Bluestone team brilliantly, setting up the show for a dangerously funny third series.“

The comedy follows the lives, loves and adventures of a fictional bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Returning cast includes Oliver Chris (Breathless), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal And The White), Jamie Quinn (Coming Up), Scott Hoatson (The Wicker Tree), Stephen Wight (The Paradise) and Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax).

A BBC In-house production, Bluestone 42 will return to BBC Three later in the year.