Tamzin Outhwaite joins 'The Tower' cast for season 2

Tamzin Outhwaite attends the Vanity Fair EE Rising Star Award Party ahead of the 2020 EE BAFTAs at The Standard London on January 22, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for EE)
Tamzin Outhwaite has joined The Tower cast. (Getty Images for EE)

Tamzin Outhwaite has signed up to the cast of ITV detective drama The Tower season two.

Gemma Whelan leads the adaptation of Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels and will return for series two, based on the second book, this time joined by some new co-stars.

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Former EastEnders actor Outhwaite will play a character called Cathy Teel in The Tower II: Death Message and will also be joined by two other new cast members - Niamh Cusack (The Virtues) and Claire Mills and Ella Smith (The Nevers) as DC Elaine Lucas.

Jimmy Akingbola and Gemma Whelan star in The Tower. (ITV)
Jimmy Akingbola and Gemma Whelan star in The Tower. (ITV)

Outhwaite was most recently seen taking part in Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, where she got to grips with cold water therapy, including plunging into ice pools and rope jumping from bridges, as a way of overcoming anxieties and pushing boundaries.

Whelan plays DS Sarah Collins in the series which launched on ITV in November 2021, adapted from the first of former Met Police detective London's books where the story centred on a shocking incident on the roof of a city tower block.

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Also returning to the cast are Tahirah Sharif, who was recently BAFTA-nominated for her role as PC Lizzie Adama, Jimmy Akingbola as DC Steve Bradshaw, and Emmett J Scanlan as DI Kieran Shaw.

Stuart McQuarrie (28 Days Later) also joins the cast in the role of Sarah’s new boss, DCI Jim Fedden.

Niamh Cusack attends the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Ceremony at The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe on May 8, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Niamh Cusack also joins the cast. (Getty Images)

Screenwriter Patrick Harbinson who adapted the books for ITV, said of the castings: “It’s a tribute to the quality of Kate’s novels and her complex female characters that we have been able to attract these three brilliant actresses to The Tower.”

The four-part series is currently filming in the north west of England.

ITV has also announced the return of another detective drama, cosy period series Grantchester starring Robson Green, which is now filming its eighth run.

It is adapted from the Grantchester Mysteries novels by James Runcie and also stars Tom Brittney and Charlotte Ritchie.

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