Gwilym Lee joins Midsomer Murders

'Fresh Meat' star Gwilym Lee has joined the cast of 'Midsomer Murders' as DS Charlie Nelson, the new partner of DCI John Barnaby

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Gwilym Lee and Neil Dudgeon

Gwilym Lee and Neil Dudgeon in Midsomer Murders

Gwilym Lee has joined the cast of 'Midsomer Murders'.

The 29-year-old actor - who has starred in 'Fresh Meat', 'Land Girls' and TV movie 'Restless' - will take on the role of DS Charlie Nelson, the new partner of DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon), in the ITV detective drama following the departure of DS Jones (Jason Hughes).

Gwilym said: "I am delighted to be joining such a popular and long running series as 'Midsomer Murders'. I have always watched it and can't wait to start work on it now, as a regular character.

"It's a bit of a dream come true and I am even looking forward to the various stunts that lie ahead of me - I know Barnaby doesn't like jumping into freezing lakes!"

The 'Hollow Crown' star will start filming five new episodes for the 16th series of the show at the end of the month, and Neil can't wait to team up with the Royal Shakespeare Company star.

He said: "We've met and got on really well and I really look forward to working with him this year. It will be good to bring a new character into the series - and keep Barnaby on his toes!"

Louise Sutton, Producer of the programme, added: "He is a delight to be with, enthusiastic and will be a great addition to the series. It will show a totally new dynamic to the partnership with Barnaby which I am sure the viewers will enjoy."

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