Karl Davies, who’s best known as Robert Sugden in Emmerdale, will play a soldier scarred by battle in World War One in BBC1’s new drama series, The Crimson Field.

Set in 1915 in Northern France, Karl’s character, Corporal Prentice, is cared for by medical staff (Hermione Norris and Oona Chaplin) at a field hospital, where he’s suffering post-traumatic stress and shell-shock.

Karl’s also currently filming another new BBC1 drama, Happy Valley, alongside former Corrie star Sarah Lancashire, plus Benidorm pair Siobhan Finneran (who Karl starred alongside in The Syndicate last year) and Steve Pemberton.

Both the Crimson Field and Happy Valley will be shown on BBC1 this spring.