When the second series of BBC3’s zombie drama In The Flesh gets underway, it will be joined by Emmett J Scanlan, best known as Hollyoaks villain Brendan Brady.

In The Flesh is set in a small fictional northern town of Roarton where those who died in 2009 have been mysteriously brought back to life.

Although they have zombie tendencies, they are kept under control by drugs and their condition is named PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). Many locals, however, are prejudiced and hunt down the undead they call ‘Rotters’.

In the new six-part series, Emmett – also seen in last years BBC2 thriller The Fall – plays a politicised zombie called Simon, a charismatic disciple of an Undead Prophet.

Lead actor Luke Newberry, who plays undead PDS teen Kieren Walker, says: “I’m very excited about the return of In The Flesh. New characters arrive in Roarton, introducing Kieren to further challenges and new dilemmas, as he begins to feel trapped between the living and the dead.”

Other stars returning to In The Flesh include Ricky Tomlinson, Kenneth Cranham, Gerard Thompson, Steve Cooper and Sandra Huggett.

Five months of filming finished last week and the new series is due to be shown on BBC3 some time this spring.