Jo Joyner to star in Riptide

Jo Joyner will star in Riptide credit:Bang Showbiz
Jo Joyner will star in Riptide credit:Bang Showbiz

Jo Joyner will lead the cast of 'Riptide'.

The former 'EastEnders' actress will be heading to Australia later this month in order to film the four-part thriller for Channel 5, with 'Shameless' actor Ciaran Griffiths and 'Outlander's David Berry also attached to star in the project.

The show - which is a co-production between Channel 5 and Australia's Network 10 and Fremantle Australia - sees Jo plays Alison, a recently-married woman who investigates the sudden disappearance of her new husband, a surfer.

Channel 5 teased: "Did he get caught in a dangerous riptide – or is there more to his disappearance than meets the eye?"

Jo is "really excited" to be involved with the show and its "fantastic" production teams.

She said in a statement: "I am really excited to be working with the fantastic teams at Fremantle, Channel 5 and 10 in Australia, and playing Alison.

"She is such a warm and layered character whose world is turned upside down, just when it seemed like her life was finally coming together. I am also thrilled to be filming in the fabulous city of Melbourne and surrounding countryside, an area that I have always wanted to explore."

The cast also includes 'Neighbours' actors Ben Turland and Peter O'Brien, 'Wentworth's Ally Fowler, Pia Miranda from 'Mustangs FC', 'Heartbreak High's Asher Yasbincek and 'Safe Harbour's Yazeed Dahar.

'Neighbours' executive producer Jason Herbison is producing the show, while the soap's director and former cast member Scott Major will be behind the camera.

Jason said: "I'm thrilled to continue the partnership with Channel 5 and 10 and to bring Riptide to life. It's the best of British meeting the best of Australian casts and crews – and I can't wait for the audience to see what we have in store."

Channel 5 are set to air the show later this year.

'Riptide' is one of two programmes recently commissioned by the broadcaster and Network 10, with details of the second programme expected to be released in the coming months.