Peter Alvarez, who played Franklin Lifting for five years before he left to become an actor, will take on the role of Franklin Lifting in the next instalment of the BBC drama.
The role will be played by Irish actor and actor-writer Michael O’Brien.
Alvarez will play a man who wants to become a successful actor but finds himself struggling with the pressure of becoming a professional actor.
His character will be playing a part in the upcoming film, which has been in development since March.
“Franklin Lifts is a gripping, heart-rending drama about a man whose life is torn apart by the pressures of fame, financial insecurity and the demands of his own acting career,” said BBC drama chief executive Mark Thompson.
“Peter’s performances are a rare combination of grace, charm and authenticity, as he brings the character to life in the best way possible.”
Alvays character will act as Franklin’s friend and confidante, but also play a key role in the plot, which will be set in the 1920s.
The film will also feature a number of new voices, including British actor and former child actor Michael Dorn, Irish actor, actor-producer Simon Connolly and former children’s television presenter David Walliams.
In a statement, producer John Lloyd said: “Franklin is an unlikely hero, an outcast, but one who becomes a trusted confidante and confidant to the main character and a father figure to his teenage daughter.”
The actor who plays him is a true professional, and we’re delighted to have him joining our team.
“Airing on BBC Two in the autumn, the new series is set to be a long-awaited return for the BBC series, which was last filmed in 2012.