Ian Puleston-Davies to star in Beowulf
Ian Puleston-Davies has joined the cast of 'Beowulf'.
The 56-year-old actor - who has just left his role as Owen Armstrong on 'Coronation Street' - is set to swap the cobbles for a major part in the ITV drama.
A friend told The Sun newspaper's TVBiz column: "Ian thinks it's unbelievable and he is so looking forward to it. It's unusual to land such a job within days of finishing at the Street.
"He knew he'd got the part a while ago but was sworn to secrecy. But if the series takes off, which all the bigwigs at ITV are expecting it to, then he will be a massive star all over again. Playing a Scandinavian warrior is a little different to Owen Armstrong, but he is well up for the challenge."
Last year, Ian revealed he would be cease filming for the ITV soap when his contract expired in March 2015 but wouldn't "rule out" a possible return.
Speaking about his exit at the time, he said: "Next year I will have been playing Owen Armstrong for five years and it felt like a good point to move on and take some time to focus on new projects. I have returned to my other passion of writing and in 2015 hope to put on a new play.
"I have had a fantastic time at 'Coronation Street' and made some great friends. I certainly would never rule out returning to the role of Owen at some point in the future if I was asked."