A BRADFORD actor will be starring in the return of BBC's hit show Waterloo Road.

Rachel Leskovac is set to join the likes of fellow former Coronation Street cast members Kym Marsh and Sonia Ibrahim as new additions in the revival of the programme that was axed in 2016.

Leskovac, who studied at St Joseph’s College in Manningham, has been cast as head of English Coral Walker in the reboot of the school drama.

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She is mainly known as being Natasha Blakeman on the cobbles. After a decade away from Wetherfield, she returned to the ITV show in 2020 for a short spell.

In 2013 the actress performed in Bollywood Carmen, a spectacular production with a supporting cast of Bradford people, staged in City Park to celebrate the centenary of Indian cinema.

Leskovac played serial killer nurse Kelly Yorke in Holby City from 2003 to 2004 and appeared in Hollyoaks.

The 45-year-old has also starred in BBC dramas Happy Valley and the Last Tango in Halifax, which were both set and filmed in Calderdale, and in Accused: Tracie’s Story, alongside Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.

She trained at Scala Kids in Horsforth and Bradford Kids, and appeared in shows at the Alhambra and Bingley Arts Centre.

It was announced earlier this year that Leeds' Angela Griffin will reprise her role as Kim Campbell and take on the headteacher's role at Waterloo Road.

Emmerdale favourite Adam Thomas and his in-show wife Katie Griffiths are also back playing Donte and Chlo Charles.

Marsh has been cast as canteen worker Nicky Walters, who is the mother of two pupils, and Ibrahim is the school's social worker, Jamilah Omar.

Campbell's deputy heads Lindon King and Joe Casey will be played by Vincent Jerome and James Baxter. Jo Coffey stars as her PA, Wendy Whitwell.

Other cast members announced include Shauna Shim (music teacher, Valerie Chambers), Katherine Pearce (teacher, Amy Spratt), and Neil Fitzmaurice (history teacher, Neil Guthrie) of Peep Show fame. 

Waterloo Road will appear on the BBC later this year.