The Cutting It and WIA actor will play police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft who is hiding dark secrets for new ITV Encore series Bancroft

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Broadchurch actress Sarah Parish has been cast in the lead role in new thriller detective series Bancroft.

The 48-year-old, currently starring as feisty Cath Atwood in ITV’s Broadchurch, will play respected, but secretly tortured,  police officer DCI Elizabeth Bancroft, a woman with dark secrets.

Sarah Parish
Sarah Parish (Ian West/PA)

ITV said, “Ruthless and courageous, Bancroft is a brilliant copper who has given her  life to the police force. She’s trusted and adored by her colleagues and promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent looks assured”.  However the methods Bancroft uses, during an operation to bring down a vicious gang, prove somewhat dubious.

Game Of Thrones actress Faye Marsay will star as ambitious fast-tracked  recruit DS Katherine Stevens in the four-part series.

When DS Stevens is assigned to a cold case, she unwittingly disturbs the ghosts from the past and what she unearths shakes DCI Bancroft to her core.

Meanwhile Linus Roache (Vikings, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), son of Corrie star Bill Roache,  plays a man who was widowed when his wife was brutally murdered  in their home 27 years earlier, an unsolved crime DCI Bancroft appears to know much more about than she is letting on.

Faye Marsay
Faye Marsay (Ian West/PA)

Other actors appearing in the series, which has begun filming in and around Bolton,  include Amara Karan, Adrian Edmondson, Art Malik, Kenneth Cranham, Adam Long, Lee Boardman and Steve Evets.

Bancroft has been created by Mr Selfridge writer Kate Brooke and the series will be produced by former Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson.