Laura Aikman is joining the cast of Waterloo Road for its last ever series.

The actress, who played junior doctor May Phelps in Casualty, will star alongside fellow new cast members Rege Jean Page (Fresh Meat) and Stefano Braschi (Raoul in Sherlock) in the staff room, although her exact role is so far being kept under wraps.

“I’m very pleased to be starting filming on Waterloo Road and to be joining the very talented cast,” said Laura. “It’s exciting to be part of the final series.”

Fans of the school drama set in Scotland were shocked in April when the BBC confirmed on Twitter that series 10 of the drama would be its last. Although the final 10 episodes won’t screen until early next year, executive producer John Griffin promises the popular BBC1 show will go out with a bang.

He said: “This will be the last series and we plan to give our incredible fanbase a final term they will never forget.”