Silent Witness announces return with two new cast members

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Silent Witness returns with two new cast membersDan Kennedy - BBC

Silent Witness has announced its return next year with two new cast members joining the team of the BBC show.

In a new tweet from the BBC Press Office, it was confirmed that the show will return in 2023 and offered details on the new characters played by Aki Omoshaybi and Alastair Michael.

The caption reads: "Silent Witness returns next year – as two new recruits join Dr. Nikki Alexander (@EmiliaFox) and Jack Hodgson (@MrDavidCaves) for five thrilling new stories."

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The five stories will be told across 10 episodes, which will air on BBC One and on iPlayer in January, coming less than a year after the last season, which saw Amanda Burton return to the show amidst questions about her future.

Omoshaybi, who is best known for roles in The Pursuit of Love and Queens of Mystery, will play Gabriel Folukoya.

Folukoya is a neurologist and pathologist who has spent most of his career in data analysis. On joining the cast, Omoshaybi said: "I couldn't be more excited to be joining such a long-running and much-loved series."

Meanwhile, Michael, who is best known for roles in Ridley Road and Snatch, will play Velvy Schur —the Lyell's new APT (Anatomical Pathology Technologist) trainee. Schur has recently left his Orthodox Jewish community and is trying to balance his career and faith.

aki omoshaybi, david caves, alastair michael, silent witness
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"I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Silent Witness," Michael said. "We meet my character Velvy as he is on a really interesting journey from within an Orthodox community into a wide secular society.

"He is still acclimatising to the change and conflicted about the life he left behind, but he is eager for new knowledge, new experiences, and new friendships."

Silent Witness is available to catch up on via BBC iPlayer.

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