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Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh joins final series of ITV hit Broadchurch

Published 12/04/2016

Corrie veteran Julie Hesmondhalgh will appear in the final series of Broadchurch
Corrie veteran Julie Hesmondhalgh will appear in the final series of Broadchurch

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, and Sarah Parish are among the new cast announced for the third and final series of Broadchurch.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman, who will be reprising their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, will also be joined by Murdered By My Boyfriend's Georgina Campbell, Jekyll and Hyde creator Charlie Higson and Home Fires' Mark Bazeley.

Creator Chris Chibnall described the eight-part final series as an "emotional farewell" as Hardy and Miller reunite for the last time to investigate a serious sexual assault in the close-knit Dorset community.

Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan will be returning to play Beth and Mark Latimer, the parents of strangled schoolboy Danny, whose murder investigation captured the attention of the nation when Broadchurch began in 2013.

Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill also returns as local vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles is back as newspaper editor Maggie Radcliffe and Adam Wilson reprises his role as Miller's son Tom.

Chibnall said: "This is the final chapter of Broadchurch. We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters.

"I hope it's a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me."

Based on a year of research with police advisers and Dorset-based organisations that help victims of sexual assault, the storyline will look at the damage inflicted on friendships and relationships as a result of the attack and test the strength of the community as they come under scrutiny from Hardy and Miller.

Filming will commence this summer in Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon, which have featured as locations in Broadchurch series one and two.

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