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David Gyasi exits BBC One's The Interceptor due to injury

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David Gyasi has exited the cast of BBC One's The Interceptor.

The White Heat actor was due to play Ash in the eight-part hour-long drama from Strike Back writer Tony Saint.

White Heat: Victor (David Gyasi)

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David Gyasi in White Heat


However, he has been forced to leave the series due to a leg injury, the BBC confirmed today (March 31).

Looking actor OT Fagbenie will now replace Gyasi in the role. Filming will continue in April in London.

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England, said: "We're incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor.

"He's a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we're delighted that OT Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board."

Gyasi said: "I'm very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future.

"The Interceptor team have been wonderful to work with and I wish them and OT the very best of luck with the production."

OT Fagbenie

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OT Fagbenie


Fagbenle added: "I've admired David Gyasi since meeting him, he's an incredible talent and beautiful person. It's an honour to take over from him. I'm thrilled to be a part of this wonderful BBC production."

The actor is best known for his roles in As If, Material Girl and Grownups. He has also had roles in Doctor Who, Death in Paradise and Happy Endings. He currently plays Frank in US drama Looking.

The Interceptor will focus on UNIT - an elite surveillance team who track dangerous criminals.

EastEnders actress Jo Joyner has been cast as Ash's wife Lorna, while Trevor Eve will play Ash's target, the ruthless criminal Roach.

The Interceptor - directed by Luther's Farren Blackburn - will air on BBC One in the autumn.

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