Kym Marsh joins Waterloo Road

Kym Marsh  has joined Waterloo Road credit:Bang Showbiz
Kym Marsh has joined Waterloo Road credit:Bang Showbiz

Kym Marsh has joined 'Waterloo Road'.

The former 'Coronation Street' actress will star as school canteen worker Nicky Walters, who is also a mum to two pupils at the fictional school, in the returning BBC One drama.

She said: "I'm thrilled to be joining the fabulous cast of 'Waterloo Road', it's such a joy to get the opportunity to film in Manchester again and I can't wait to get going."

'Still Open All Hours' star James Baxter has also joined the cast, as joint deputy head Joe Casey, who will share the job with character Lindon King, who will be played by Vincent Jerome.

Jo Coffey will play Wendy Whitwell, PA to headteacher Kim Campbell, a role which Angela Griffin will reprise.

Other stars who are joining the show are former 'Corrie' actress Rachel Leskovac as Coral Walker, the school's head of English, and 'Phoenix Nights' star Neil Fitzmaurice will play history teacher Neil Guthrie.

It comes after Angela, Adam Thomas (Donte Charles) and Katie Griffiths (Chlo Charles) were all confirmed to be returning to the rebooted show.

Executive Producer Cameron Roach said: "We're incredibly excited to announce our new cast, and we believe that alongside the return of Kim Campbell we're creating some new iconic characters for the next generation of 'Waterloo Road'.

"We look forward to the audience joining them in the staff room."

Adam recently admitted he feels "blessed" to be returning to 'Waterloo Road'.

The star - who made his acting breakthrough as Donte in the school drama from 2006 to 2009 before making an even bigger name for himself in 'Emmerdale' - said: "I’m so excited to go back to where it all started!

"'Waterloo Road' was a huge part of my life and career so to go back 15 years later is a dream come true.

"I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity to get back to acting and doing what I love!

"I can’t wait to see some old faces and some new. I know this series is going to be the best one yet."