Who is Sinéad Keenan? How she got Unforgotten season 5 role after Nicola Walker exit and when drama is on ITV

ITV’s hit crime drama Unforgotten is due to return to screens with a new face joining the detective line-up

<p>Sinead Keenan is set to join the ITV drama Unforgotten (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)</p>

Sinead Keenan is set to join the ITV drama Unforgotten (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

It’s been revealed who will be replacing Nicola Walker in the next season of Unforgotten, with Sinéad Keenan taking over the reins.

The actress joins the cast, led by actor Sanjeev Bhaska, who has previously won a Bafta for his portrayal of DS Sunil Kahn.

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The programme, which has been on our screens since 2015, has followed the work of DCI Cassie Stuart (Walker) and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan (Bhaska).

Be warned, the ending to season 4 is explained in this article for viewers yet to see it.

DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan in Unforgotten (Photo: mattfrost/ITV)

What happens in Unforgotten season 5?

The end of season 4 saw the tragic death of DCI Stuart and left fans desperate to see who would become the next DCI.

Keenan will be replacing actress Walker and portraying the next DCI, Jessica ‘Jessie’ James.

ITV has revealed the outline for the new series which will see DCI James and DI Khan thrown into a murder investigation, following the discovery of remains inside a newly renovated property.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Bhaska revealed filming for the new season was due to begin shortly.

Writer for the show, Chris Lang, revealed the casting news to fans, via his twitter account.

Lang also told fans that filming had begun for the new season and said: “How lucky we are.”

It’s been speculated that the show may make a return to our screens by the end of 2022.

Who is Sinéad Keenan?

Sinead Keenan (VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Sinéad is a 43-year-old, Irish actress who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland.

She has a brother, actor Rory Keenan, who is known for programmes such as Peaky Blinders and The Duchess.

Keenan also has a sister, Gráinne Keenan, who is also an actress and has starred in Black Mirror and Blood.

Sinéad made her acting debut in 1999, playing Cillian Murphy’s girlfriend in the film Sunburn.

Her first major UK TV role was in 2008 when she starred as Kelly Hawkins in ITV’s comedy-drama Moving Wallpaper.

In 2009, Keenan also appeared in David Tennant’s final two episodes of Doctor Who.

What else has Sinéad Keenan been in?

Sinead Keenan starring in Little Boy Blue (Credit: ITV)

Keenan has worked her way through some of TV’s most well known dramas such as Doctors, Taggart and Silent Witness.

Keenan also starred in BBC’s supernatural drama Being Human, where she solidified herself into the public consciousness.

She starred alongside actors Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey for two years as she portrayed Nina.

Keenan has an illustrious acting career, but is best known for her Bafta nominated role in ITV Drama, Little Boy Blue.

The series aired in 2017 and told the story of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, who was fatally shot in 2007, on his way home from football practice in Liverpool.

Keenan portrayed Melanie Jones, Rhys’ mother and was awarded a Royal Television Society Award for the role.

The actresses last project before joining the Unforgotten cast, was in BBC One murder drama, Showtrial where she played DI Paula Cassidy.

Following the announcement of her new role, Keenan took to her twitter to share her news, saying that she was “delighted” to be in the role.

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