A PROLIFIC TV star has been signed up for a role in a new series of the South Tyneside-based comedy sitcom Hebburn.
Melanie Hill is one of several new cast members who will appear alongside favourites Gina McKee, Jim Moir – better known as Vic Reeves – and South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey when series two kicks off later this year.
The part Melanie will play in the programme, which is filmed in the region and in Manchester, is yet to be revealed.
Other stars have also been lined up for parts in the show, but its writer, comedian Jason Cook, is keeping those names close to his chest.
Melanie, from Fulwell, Sunderland, who was once married to Hollywood star Sean Bean, has appeared in Brassed Off, Bread and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
Cook, who hails from Hebburn, said: “We’ve got some new cast members and they’re fitting in perfectly. They were very carefully chosen and I think we made the right choice with them.
“I can’t wait for people to see them. We have also got so many guest stars, but I can’t say who they are.”
Hebburn, written by Cook and Graham Duff, is the story of recently married couple Jack and Sarah and family – the Pearsons from Hebburn.
The sitcom was piloted in October 2011 through a live performance as part of the Salford Sitcom showcase.
A six-part series was then commissioned, which was aired on BBC2, last October.
Following its success a second series was commissioned, along with a Christmas special for 2013.