Internationally acclaimed actress Charlotte Rampling is to take a lead role in the new series of Broadchurch, ITV has announced today.
The multi award-winning series, which captured viewers last year will begin filming in the UK in the upcoming weeks.
“We’re delighted Charlotte is joining the Broadchurch family. She’s the first of some exciting additions to the ensemble for the new series," Steve November, Director of ITV Drama, said.
Charlotte is set to play a "pivotal role" in the new series, but details of her character and how she impacts on the drama are being kept under wraps by the producers.
Murder mystery drama Broadchurch has been named the best TV show of 2013. The ITV crime story, set in a Dorset coastal town and starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, beat The Great British Bake Off and Netflix drama Breaking Bad in this year's poll.
The Radio Times list, compiled by the magazine's critics, sees drama dominate this year's countdown, with The Returned, Top Of The Lake, Homeland, Breaking Bad and Peaky Blinders in the top 10.
French supernatural thriller The Returned is second, followed by fellow Channel 4 show, the fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Yorkshire.
Top Of The Lake, the Jane Campion drama starring Elisabeth Moss, is fourth, with James Corden's new comedy The Wrong Mans and US show Homeland in fifth and sixth place.
ITV has been awarded Channel of the Year at this year's Edinburgh television festival in recognition of a strong period of programme that has included its Exposure documentary on Jimmy Savile and the hit drama series Broadchurch.
Earlier this month, it emerged that US network Fox will be remaking the critically acclaimed crime drama for Broadchurch for US audiences.
US network Fox will remake the critically acclaimed crime drama for Broadchurch for US audiences.
Like the UK programme, the US version will follow the death of a young boy found dead on a beach.
The shows creator Chris Chibnall will write the first episode and act as a executive producer on the show.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said the company were delighted to bring such a "riveting" drama to US audiences.
After the first series pulled in nearly 9 million viewers, a second series of the UK version is due in April.
Popular ITV drama Broadchurch will return for a second series next year, the broadcaster confirmed tonight.
The first series, written by Chris Chibnall and starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, concluded this evening.
“We’re delighted to be commissioning a second series of Broadchurch,” said ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham.
“From the moment the murder scene was discovered, viewers became gripped by the series, and we’ve been genuinely thrilled by the audience response. David and Olivia’s performances and Chris’s cleverly crafted scripts have created a truly compelling drama.”