Middleton actress Saira Choudhry to star in ITV’s McDonald & Dodds

The No Offence star has joined the cast for the second series of the contemporary detective drama, which will air next month

No Offence star Saira Choudhry has joined the cast for the third film of McDonald & Dodds, alongside leading actors Jason Watkins and Cold Feet star Tala Gouveia.

Filming has now finished on the second series of the contemporary detective drama, and the series is due to air next month on ITV. 

The new series sees Tala Gouveia and BAFTA award winning actor Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies, Des) reprise their roles as the smart and ambitious DCI McDonald and the humble, and quietly brilliant, DS Dodds in three new murder mysteries.

They are joined in the third film by Middleton actress Saira as well as Rosie Day (Outlander), Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders), Nicholas Goh (Skyfall), Siobhan Hewlett (Sherlock), Sarah Parish (Bancroft) and Rhashan Stone (Finding Alice).

Saira Choudhry in No Offence. Photo: Channel 4

Returning cast includes James Murray as Chief Superintendent Houseman, Jack Riddiford as DC Darren Craig with Lily Sacofsky joining as DC Milena Pachiorkowski.

Set in picturesque Bath, the series pairs feisty DCI McDonald, who has recently transferred from London’s Met Police, with the unassuming DS Dodds, who has been happy in the background for most of his working life.

To McDonald’s surprise they form an unexpectedly effective crime solving partnership.

The third film tells the story of a social media influencer Rose Boleyn (Rosie Day) who elects to have plastic surgery at a clinic run by soon to be divorced couple Al (Rhashan Stone) and Mariel (Sarah Parish).

After tragedy strikes, McDonald & Dodds are brought in to investigate the clinic and its staff.

Nitin Ganatra plays anesthetist Dr Dan McCartney, Saira Choudhry is clinic receptionist Alliyah, and Nicholas Goh and Siobhan Hewlett play theatre nurses Jian Yang and Penny Haggard. 

The third film was written by Kam Odedra (Gangs of London) and directed by Ian Aryeh (In The Long Run) and Kam Odedra.

The first series is available to view via streaming platform Britbox. The new series is due to air next month on ITV. 


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