Former EastEnders actress Zoe Lucker is to join the cast of BBC One drama Waterloo Road.

The actress will play Carol Barry; a mother of a “hell-raising family” whose husband is in jail and has left her bringing up children Barry (Carl Au), Dynasty (Abby Wavers) and Kacey (Brogan Ellis). Lucker joins the cast of the BBC One school’s drama following its relocation to Scotland – it was previously filmed in Rochdale.

“Carol and her kids are going to ruffle plenty of feathers in Waterloo Road – you can’t trust them as far as you can throw them! They’re a family of great characters – but you just wouldn’t want the Barrys in your neighbourhood!” – Zoe Lucker

Lucker’s new role in Waterloo Road is the actress’ first major project since leaving EastEnders last year. Lucker played Vanessa Gold in the BBC One soap for just over a year. Prior to that she was perhaps best known as the glamorous, bitchy and witty Tanya Turner in ITV drama Footballers Wives.

Lucker also played the character of Tanya in three episodes of fellow ITV drama Bad Girls in a special cross-over storyline. Pictured, above, the actress as PC Keenan in the short lived police drama Holby Blue, the second spin off from the Casualty medical drama following the success of Hobly City.

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