Brenda Blethyn teases return of Kate & Koji

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Brenda Blethyn will return to her role in hit sitcom Kate & Koji credit:Bang Showbiz
Brenda Blethyn will return to her role in hit sitcom Kate & Koji credit:Bang Showbiz

Brenda Blethyn has revealed that filming for series two of 'Kate & Koji' will soon be underway.

The 75-year-old actress plays the role of seaside café owner Kate in the sitcom, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with asylum seeker doctor Koji, and she took to Twitter to tease that after a year of delays due to COVID, the second series will commence filming in front of a live audience.

She wrote: "After a year of us waiting, we’re back filming Kate & Koji series 2 for

@ITV If you’d like to be in our audience for a great free night out (watching us!) then click for tickets: http://sroaudiences.com Our first show is Friday 14th Jan at Elstree!"

The 'Vera' star will reprise her role as Kate alongside new cast member Okorie Chukwu, who is replacing Jimmy Akingbola in the role of Koji after he landed a role in Apple+ series 'Ted Lasso.'

Okorie said: "I am excited to step into the role of Koji. I can’t wait to get working with this brilliant cast of actors."

The pair will be joined by returning cast members Barbara Flynn as Kate's nemesis Councillor Bone and former 'Inbetweeners' star Blake Harrison, who plays Kate's decorator nephew Dan.

The first series - which was written by the creators of BBC hit 'Outnumbered' - aired in weekly instalments at the start of the pandemic.

And Brenda is "looking forward" to playing the working-class cafe owner once again.

She said: "I’m so pleased Kate will be welcoming her customers back into the caff. Even the postman! I’ve missed them. So looking forward to donning the gingham apron and welcoming Okorie to our 'Kate and Koji' family."

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