FORMER Coronation Street star Brian Capron has joined the cast of ITV drama Where The Heart Is.
Capron helped the soap reach a ratings high last year, when he played serial killer Richard Hillman.
And the actor's new role in the cosy Yorkshire drama may also have a hint of villainy.
Filming of the latest eight-part series has just started in the Colne Valley area.
Viewers will see Capron when the programme returns to the screens this summer.
He plays Ozias Harding, a successful businessman who arrives in Skelthwaite and shows an interest in the struggling paper factory.
At first the villagers welcome him, believing he has come to save the business and safeguard their jobs.
But viewers will soon suspect that Harding has a hidden agenda.
Producer Ian Hopkins said: "We are delighted to welcome back the cast for another series and are looking forward to giving viewers the chance to enjoy even more of Where The Heart Is.
"We have some compelling, poignant and, at times, amusing stories. We are sure the addition of Brian Capron to the cast will prove popular with viewers."
Capron will join regulars Lesley Dunlop, Phil Middlemiss and Kerrie Taylor when the show returns for its eighth series in the summer.
He is not the only former Street star joining the long-running show.
Thelma Barlow - who grew up in Huddersfield and played Mavis - will appear in a cameo role, along with Only Fools And Horses actor Roger Lloyd Pack.
The Coronation Street episode featuring Hillman's canal death plunge was watched by 19.4m viewers, making it the most popular show of 2003.
It trounced arch-rival EastEnders, which drew 16.7m for Dirty Den's return.