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Confirming the news today, the broadcaster revealed Cobra star Marsha Thomason will be joining the drama, following a mega successful second season which aired last month.
Marsha is joining the cast as Morecambe CID's new Family Liaison Officer, DS Jenn Townsend.
ITV explain: "DS Townsend is immediately thrown into the deep end when a body is found in the bay on her first day in the job.
"She must get under the skin of a grieving and complicated family if she has any chance of solving the premature death of an aspiring young boxer.
"While she's eager to give the family answers, she also needs to prove herself as the team's newest recruit.
"The pressure is multiplied when her new blended family struggle to settle in Morecambe, proving to Jenn that a fresh start might not be as simple as moving to a different town."
Sounds so gripping!
Daniel Ryan will return as DI Tony Manning, while Erin Shanagher will return as DS Karen Hobson, and Thomas Law as DC Eddie Martin. Also returning is Andrew Dowbiggin, who plays DS James Clarke.
The news comes after leading actress Morven Christie (who played DS Lisa Armstrong in the first two seasons) revealed she would not be returning to the ITV drama, which is written by award-winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville, with Furquan Akhtar co-writing Season 3.
"We are delighted with the audiences' response to The Bay and look forward to them meeting DS Jenn Townsend played by the fantastic Marsha Thomason, who joins the team in series 3," said ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
Meanwhile, executive producer, Catherine Oldfield said: "Daragh and I couldn't be more delighted by the audience response to The Bay. That ITV have recommissioned the show is fantastic and to get a talent as bright and brilliant as Marsha to lead the new series is beyond exciting.
"We can't wait to get back to Morecambe to start filming again in that beautiful part of the world."
The new season is expected to begin filming in the spring. Bring it on!
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