Jayd Johnson has been cast in the lead role of Paddy Meehan in BBC Scotland's adaptation of Field Of Blood which starts shooting in Glasgow this week.
Since leaving Scottish soap River City where she had played Nicki Cullen (from 2004 - 2009), Jayd has been living in New York and studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jayd's career began with the Live & Loud Stage School in Glasgow.
"I am thrilled to be given the chance to work with such an amazing cast including Peter Capaldi, David Morrissey, Jonas Armstrong and Ford Kiernan – I know I will learn a lot from them all. The character of Paddy Meehan is amazing, she's so feisty and fierce and passionate about her work which I love about her. She's got such a good heart and just wants to do good and make a difference."
Adapted from the popular Denise Mina novel, crime drama Field Of Blood is set in Glasgow, 1982, and centres on would-be journalist Paddy Meehan (Jayd Johnson), a young copygirl working in a newspaper office.
Stuck in an almost exclusively male-dominated world of limited opportunities and cynicism, Paddy dreams of becoming an investigative journalist - believing that in miscarriages of justice, reporters are sometimes the only hope. Funny, smart, and feisty, she seizes an opportunity to kick start her career and becomes embroiled in a dark murder case. For Paddy, it's the opportunity of a lifetime but comes at great personal cost.
Filming on Field Of Blood starts this week on location in Glasgow until early November. The drama will transmit on BBC One Scotland in 2011.