Paul Nicholls is joining the cast of Holby City.

Paul – who has starred in EastEnders, Harley Street and, most recently, Law & Order: UK – will play experienced Nurse Simon Marshall, who is set to ‘ruffle a few feathers’ on the BBC1 medical drama.

The actor said: “I’m delighted to be joining as a guest on Holby City, it’s a programme I’ve always admired and I’m thrilled to be part of this particular storyline. Simon is a confident guy and is sure to be in his element, I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Quick-witted Simon is used to dealing with doctors and their egos, is not afraid of standing up to his superiors and undermining hospital hierarchy.

Johnathan Young, executive producer, said: “Paul is an actor with a fantastic pedigree and we are delighted he’ll be joining Holby City for a few months.

“I can’t give too much away at the moment, but his character is definitely going to have an impact and ruffle a few feathers.”

Paul will make his on screen debut in May 2012.