Walking Dead star David Morrissey is to feature in a new BBC One drama called The Driver.

Just days after impressing viewers with his performance on the same channel alongside Sheridan Smith in The 7.39, it's been announced that he will headline a three-parter about an ordinary man who makes a terrible decision.

The Driver follows the story of Vince as he takes a job driving for a criminal gang and later seeks redemption for his sins.

Former Coronation Street actress Sacha Parkinson will play Vince's daughter Katie, with Claudie Blakeley cast as his wife Ros.

Colm Meaney, Ian Hart, Shaun Dingwall and Lee Ross will also star in The Driver, which will film in and around Manchester and will air on BBC One late in 2014.

"I am very excited to be staring in The Driver and to be working with such a great cast," said Morrissey.

Writer Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless) added: "The Driver is a passion project for me and I'm proud of the way it is both a character drama and a thriller.

"As with all my work there is a strong emotional core and it explores ordinary lives pushed into extraordinary situations.

"I'm thrilled to be making such a powerful drama for BBC One. The majority of my work has been here and as writer you are given incredible authorship, which is a fantastic thing.

"I have always wanted to work with Dave Morrissey, one of the UK's finest actors, and I'm delighted to be finally getting the chance. The entire cast is amazing and it is a privilege to have them on board."