Neil Pearson Waterloo RoadThe BBC have confirmed two new characters for long-running school drama Waterloo Road.

Nicola Stephenson of Brookside lesbian kiss fame and Drop the Dead Donkey star Neil Pearson are both joining the show as teaching duo Allie Westbrook and Vaughan Fitzgerald.

Brian Park, Executive Producer of Waterloo Road, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have such high-quality actors like Neil and Nicola on board.

“Neil is one of the country’s most recognised television acting talents and Nicola’s drama credentials speak for themselves. This new pairing are going to make quite an impact on the school when they arrive on screen. We know the viewers are going to love watching them in action.”

Neil Pearson says: “Waterloo Road has a long and successful history, an impressive list of alumni, and a highly talented and enthusiastic cast. All of which makes me very excited to be joining my new school.”

The pair will appear in series 10, which is due for transmission in 2014.

Waterloo Road‘s ninth series continues next Thursday at 8.00pm on BBC One.

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