The current star of ITV2’s supernatural series Switch, Lacey Turner, will star as Molly Dawes in a new BBC One drama the corporation confirmed earlier today.

The Sun reported this morning that the former EastEnders actress would be returning to the beeb after quitting her role as Stacey Branning in the soap two years ago.

Lacey will appear in Tony Grounds’ new single drama Our Girl, which is the story of Molly the eldest of five kids with little future, a difficult father and a mother who always wanted more for her. Born and raised in the London Borough of Newham, it tells her story from nobody to a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps, to her final arrival in Afghanistan.

Lacey Turner says: “I am so excited to be a part of Our Girl. It is a beautifully written drama of one girl’s journey through life. Molly is such an interesting character who shows such strength and determination. She’s a girl who you cannot help but love.”

Leaving school with no qualifications, Molly has a part-time job in a local nail bar. Drunk and despondent on the evening of her 18th birthday, she throws up in the doorway of an Army Recruitment Office. She doesn’t know it then, but it’s an action that will change her life forever…

Writer and Creator Tony Grounds adds, “This is a film about a female combatant, but she is also a daughter and a sister. Every soldier is a citizen first and we explore their choices that lead them to an Army Training Camp and how the ensuing months will change their lives forever.”

Our Girl will start filming on location in Hertfordshire this month. The one 90-minute drama will air on BBC One next year. 1

Controller of Drama Production and Executive Producer John Yorke concludes, “I am delighted that Lacey Turner is returning to BBC One to play Molly Dawes, a character who is as colourful, unique and powerful as Stacey Slater was when she first arrived on the channel eight years ago.

“Tony’s script poignantly explores Molly’s journey into adulthood and the extraordinary sacrifices made by Molly and those recruited alongside her.”

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