The BBC have announced a new cast member who will join the long running crime series when it returns in 2014.
Richard Lintern (Spies of Warsaw, White Heat, The Shadow Line) plays Dr Thomas Chamberlain, a talented and experienced forensic pathologist, with a renowned reputation for specialising in toxicology.
Thomas Chamberlain is a charismatic and shrewd social player and his effortless humour and political nose make him a good choice to lead the Lyell Centre after the death of Leo Dalton.
Richard Lintern said, “I am delighted to be joining the cast of Silent Witness. My character Thomas Chamberlain seems destined to ruffle a few feathers, and I very much look forward to seeing how his story develops. I have enjoyed watching the show for some time now, so it is a real pleasure to be joining the production team.”
Kate Harwood, Head of Drama, England said, “I am very happy to welcome Richard Lintern to the Lyell Centre – I feel certain that Thomas Chamberlain is going to be an intelligent, charming and authoritative addition to the team and that the audience will love meeting him in Tim Prager’s bravura opening episode ‘Commodity’.
Richard will join Emilia Fox as Forensic Pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander, David Caves as Forensic Scientist Jack Hodges and Lizz Carr as Forensic Lab Scientist Clarissa Mullery.
Going into its seventeenth series, Silent Witness is renowned for pairing astute forensics with compelling storytelling with ratings for the last series averaging 7.2 million.
Filming begins this April for transmission in early 2014.