Hoole actor Ian Puleston-Davies is back on our screens once again for ITV’s latest thriller, the dark murder-mystery drama Marcella.

The former Coronation Street star has well and truly turned his back on the cobbles to star as multiple murder suspect Peter Cullen in the gritty eight-part series, alongside Pushing Daisies actress Anna Friel, shown at 9pm every Monday.

Written by acclaimed Swedish writer Hans Rosenfeldt, who was also responsible for the hugely popular series The Bridge, the gloomy Marcella features violence, crime, murder and betrayal in abundance, and is a world away from Davies’ role as fiery builder Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street.

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Earlier this year the Flint-born actor, who now lives in Hoole, revealed he feared he would never work again after quitting the role he had played for five years.

“I didn’t know what would happen, there’s always that dread, that paranoia,” he admitted. “It’s a daunting decision when you’ve been in a long-running job like Corrie and suddenly decide to leave. There’s that dread you’ll never work again.

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“But after five years in Corrie, I took a huge leap of faith, to go back to being a jobbing actor. It was something I needed to do. I was getting restless and I’d run out of ideas. Owen had come to the end of his journey - and in a way, I had too.”

Davies has also filmed the TV drama Beowulf and will star alongside Rowan Atkinson in ITV’s Maigret later this year.