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Actress Joanna Christie has been snapped up for a second series of a crime drama - even before the first episodes are shown.

The Huddersfield star is set to fly to South America next month to begin filming for a second series of Narcos, a thriller about the Colombian drugs wars.

The first series, on Netflix, is set to be screened from August 28 and is expected to draw a worldwide audience of miilions.

It has been produced with Amercian backing but is expected to be a global hit as it a part Spanish production.

And Joanna, 33, is also being flown to Rio de Janeiro later this month as part of the publicity circus ahead of the show’s launch.

The ex-Almondbury girl, who now lives in New York, will be seen as Connie Murphy, the wife of a drugs investigator, in Narcos, which follows the attempts to catch notorious cocaine baron, Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura.

Filmed on location in Colombia and based on real events, the drama will be seen over 10 episodes.

Now producers have commissioned a second series and have asked Joanna to return.

Her mum Sue Christie, of Armitage Bridge, said: “She is thrilled.

“Joanna has got the lead female role and the film follows her character’s personal struggles as a side issue.

“She has also been invited to help publicise the series and is flying to Rio to do that”.

Joanna was born and raised in Almondbury. She went to The Mount School in Huddersfield and then Wakefield Girls High School , until the age of 13, when she was awarded a music scholarship to study flute, piano, and voice at Oundle School in Northamptonshire.

Five years later, she moved to London to attend drama school at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Her CV so far includes a lead role in Equus in London’s West End opposite Daniel Radcliffe and appearances in the TV crime series Lewis.

She spent 14 months as leading lady in the musical Once on Broadway and set up home in New York.

Her mum, who is involved with Millhouse Green Choir and The Master Singers, said: “She still loves to come back home and see all her old friends”.

Joanna’s brother Luke, 35, is a musician with jazz combo Hackney Colliery Band and recently played Holmfirth’s Picturedrome.

Actor Joanna Christie, who grew up in Dark Lane, Almondbury