Published: Mon 18 Mar 2013
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Returning to their roles as the formidable crime-fighting duo Scott & Bailey, Suranne Jones (The Secret of Crickley Hall, A Touch of Cloth) and Lesley Sharp (Starlings, The Shadow Line) are joined by Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Hairspray, Coronation Street), Nicola Walker (Heading Out, Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks), Danny Miller (Lightfields, Emmerdale) and George Costigan (Homefront, Rita, Sue and Bob Too).
Having won critical acclaim and an array of awards for her outstanding performance as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow in the West End and on Broadway, Bennett will play Sharon Bailey, the unhinged and carefree mum of Rachel (Suranne Jones), Alison (Sally Lindsay) and Dom (Liam Boyle) bringing a whirlwind of chaos, upset and embarrassment into their lives.
Written and co-created by award winning Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Unforgiven), the new series sees the return of Amelia Bullmore (Twenty Twelve, Ashes to Ashes), Scott & Bailey’s no nonsense Detective Chief Inspector Gill Murray who is secretly known by her subordinates as ‘Godzilla’. Immersed in the characters, their lives, personalities and backgrounds Amelia has again joined forces with Sally to write two of the eight new episodes, which feature as episodes six and seven in the series.