Laurie Brett joins Waterloo Road
Laurie Brett has joined the cast of 'Waterloo Road', playing English teacher Christine Mulgrew when the school drama moves to Scotland next month
Laurie Brett has joined the cast of 'Waterloo Road'.
The former 'EastEnders' actress - who portrayed Jane Beale in the BBC One soap - will play Scottish-born English teacher Christine Mulgrew when the school drama moves north of the border next month.
Hailing from Scotland originally, Laurie is pleased to have been given the opportunity to finally use her "native accent" now that a new school - previously based in Rochdale - has been set up by 'Waterloo Road' headmaster Michael Byrne (Michael Newman).
She told the Scottish Sun newspaper: "I am thrilled to be joining 'Waterloo Road'. I have watched it on and off from the start as my good friend Jill Halfpenny was in the first series.
"The character I will be playing is such a complex woman, with many issues, and it will be a real departure from what people are used to seeing me do. Not least because for the first time in my career I will be working in my native accent, which I am really excited about.
"I thought the fact that I am Scottish was quite well known, but there are a lot of people who just don't realise."
Laurie is the first big-name signing to be revealed by series bosses now the show - which starts filming next week - has moved to Scotland.
Cameron Roach, executive producer of 'Waterloo Road', added: "We're delighted to welcome Laurie.
"Her character Christine is an exciting addition and will ensure that 'Waterloo Road' makes some noise as it lands on Scottish turf."