Ex EastEnders star Danny-Boy Hatchard joins the cast of Our Girl

Danny-Boy Hatchard, best known for playing EastEnders' Lee Carter, is joining the cast of Our Girl for series 4 as a Private with a dark side....

Former EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard has landed a role in the new series of hit BBC1 drama Our Girl, starring Michelle Keegan.

Danny-Boy, best known for playing Walford’s Lee Carter, the son of Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda (Kellie Bright), will star in the fourth series of the drama as Private Rhett Charlton, who goes by the nickname of ‘Cheese’.

Danny Boy Hatchard in Our Girl

Danny-Boy Hatchard as Private Rhett Charlton

Charlton is described as being confident, cool, full of banter and a big lover of practical jokes. He quickly settles in well when he joins his new army colleagues in 2 Section. However beneath his swagger it emerges he has a much darker side and viewers will see his manipulative streak surface.

Michelle Keegan in Our Girl

Former Coronation Street star, Michelle Keegan, heads the cast in Our Girl

Charlton also has a history with one of the other recruits and there is plenty of drama in store as his tendency to push jokes too far has some very dangerous consequences!

Speaking about his new role,  27-year-old Danny-Boy, who was in EastEnders for three years between 2014 and 2017, says: “I’m buzzing to be joining the iconic 2 Section. Our Girl has always done a fantastic job representing our British troops, so I can’t wait to help tell more really cool stories.”

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Filming on the fourth series of Our Girl began this May in South Africa.

The action, set over six episodes, will be centred in Afghanistan, one year on from 2 Section’s last tour in Bangladesh and the drama opens with a positive Georgie Lane (Keegan), training a new bunch of medics having been promoted to Sergeant.

Now happily living back in Manchester with her family, Georgie is insistent to her friends in 2 Section, that she’s  settled in her new job and won’t be joining them on their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

However all that changes when a night on the town results in a near-fatal incident and painful memories of losing the love of her life,  Elvis (Luke Pasqualino) to a Taliban attack, come flooding back to Georgie.

Our Girl Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan plays Georgie Lane

It’s then that she realises she needs to return to Afghanistan to face her own fears and conquer her demons.

Tony Grounds, writer and creator, says: “It’s fantastic to be with 2 Section once again as they head back to Afghanistan to assist with the training and mentoring of the Afghan National Army. Into our platoon we have enlisted some of the most talented young actors of the next generation. Michelle Keegan’s Sergeant Georgie Lane is an inspiration to all and it is a delight and honour to work with such a troupe.”

Our Girl group shot

Michelle with the cast of Our Girl filming the new series

Other new cast members  joining the drama are Nico Mirallegro (My Mad Fat Diary), Will Attenborough (Home Fires), Kaine Zajaz (Informer, Raised by Wolves), Amy-Leigh Hickman (EastEnders, Ackley Bridge), Josh Bowman (Time After Time), Nabil Elouahabi (EastEnders) Nebras Jamali (The Looming Tower) and Badria Timini (Syriana, Unforgotten).

Our Girl series four will be on BBC One in 2020. Previous series are available to watch on BBC iPlayer

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