Bill Ward joins the cast of Peter James’ Not Dead Enough UK tour.

Award-winning actor Bill Ward, who recently left ITV’s Emmerdale in a murderous exit, is to star in the thrilling stage adaptation of multi-million selling author Peter James’ Not Dead Enough.

Appearing alongside Laura Whitmore and Stephen Billington, Ward will play Peter James’ famous literary Detective Superintendent Roy Grace from 18 April 2017, following in the footsteps of Shane Richie, who plays the role from 25 January 2017 until 15 April 2017.

As well as his 3 year run and a recent explosive exit from his role as Emmerdale favourite James Barton (2013-2016), Ward is perhaps also best known for his multi award-winning turn as the villainous Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street (2003-2007). His West End stage credits include Johnny in Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre) and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet

Laura is best known for her work as a presenter for MTV, The Brits, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Here Now, and most recently as one of the stars in 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1.

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.

The UK tour of Not Dead Enough opens on 25 January 2016 at the Orchard Theatre Dartford and travels to 23 UK theatres; it concludes on 31 June 2017 at the Belfast Grand Opera House.