Daniela Nardini makes her way to Waterloo Road

Esther is mildly dangerous with the potential to get more so. She is passionate about her cause but unfortunately doesn't know how to encourage and promote her views without getting carried away.”Daniela Nardini
Date: 28.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.06
Category: BBC One
Daniela Nardini has joined the cast of BBC One’s award-winning drama Waterloo Road for the third instalment of its eighth series, currently filming on location in Greenock, Scotland.

In future episodes of the popular drama – made by Shed Productions (a Shed Media Company) through BBC Scotland – Daniela (The Fades, This Life) joins the Waterloo Road staffroom as a new science teacher.

Daniela’s character, Esther Fairclough, is a passionate, driven but maverick science teacher who has an unconventional approach to inspiring her pupils. Daniela says: “Esther is mildly dangerous with the potential to get more so. She is passionate about her cause but unfortunately doesn't know how to encourage and promote her views without getting carried away.”

Esther Fairclough will make her on-screen debut in the third instalment of the 8th series (episodes 21-30), scheduled to transmit on BBC One later in 2013.

Cameron Roach, Head of Drama for Shed Productions and Executive Producer, Waterloo Road says: “We're very excited to welcome Daniela to the ensemble of Waterloo Road. Daniela has earned a terrific reputation for playing memorable characters, and we're looking forward to her breathing life into Esther.”

Gaynor Holmes, Executive Producer for BBC Scotland, adds: “We're delighted that Daniela has joined the Waterloo Road Cast. It's a real pleasure to see her back at BBC Scotland and we're sure the audience will love her character, Esther.”

Daniela Nardini is the latest additions to the Waterloo Road cast alongside Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Zoe Lucker (EastEnders, Footballers’ Wives), Tommy Lawrence-Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who), Georgie Glen (Foyle’s War, Heartbeat), Victoria Bush (Bad Girls), Carl Au (Jersey Boys), Abby Mavers (Willy Russell’s Our Day Out) and newcomer Brogan Ellis.

Moving the Waterloo Road production to Scotland is part of the BBC’s move to increase network programming from Scotland and the other nations of the UK, providing a significant boost to the Scottish creative sector.

JW4