Former Heartbeat star Joe McFadden is set to join the cast of BBC One’s popular hospital drama, Holby City.

Digital Spy has also reported that actress Petra Letang will join the cast and that David Ames will return as the character of Dominic who left in disgrace after nearly destroying the career of Antoine Malick in the show.

McFadden is set to play Rafaello di Lucca a highly driven registrar who joins the Holby team. He said "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of such a successful show and becoming part of the staff at Holby City. I'm looking forward to scrubbing in and showing off Raf's innovative lifesaving skills!"

Letang joins the show to play the sister of surgeon Mo Effanga. She said of her casting "Holby here I come! I can't wait! I'm really excited about causing a bit of mischief and bringing some fun to the wards. I'll be playing Mo Effanga's sister so viewers can expect to see some sisterly love and maybe some sibling rivalry!"

Holby City's executive producer Oliver Kent commented: "We have some great storylines coming up and the arrival of Raf, Adele and Dominic will definitely shake things up at Holby City. These characters will be played by very talented actors and I know Holby fans - old and new - will warm to them instantly."