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Peddie lands role in BBC sitcom Hebburn.

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Steffen Peddie | Giggle Beats

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Comedian Steffen Peddie has landed a role in the BBC Two sitcom Hebburn.

The North East stand-up, who appeared in the show’s pilot at the Salford Sitcom Showcase, joins Vic Reeves, Chris Ramsey and creator Jason Cook in the six-part series. He will play Big Keith, “a soon-to-be folk hero who has some lovely twists and turns in his story.”

Peddie told Giggle Beats: “I’m totally made up to be working with two of my best mates and Vic Reeves. It’s a great cast; I’m still pinching myself to make sure it’s real!”

Geordie actors Victoria Elliott and Lisa McGrillis will also join Hebburn alongside female lead Kimberley Nixon. Elliott has just finished her run in Jim Cartwright’s play Two alongside stand-up Justin Moorhouse, while McGrillis is currently starring in West End comedy The Awkward Squad.

Jason Cook said: “We’re delighted to have Steffen, Victoria and Lisa on board. They were all in the original Salford Sitcom Showcase and are incredibly funny people.

“I’ve taken the production team up to Hebburn already, and they’ve fallen in love with the place. We’ve found some great locations that really represent the region and, of course, Hebburn itself.”

Following an open casting session in the North East – which, according to Cook, “reaped great rewards” – the hunt continues for the remaining roles in the series; while the show’s writers have already moved into their Manchester film studio.

Cook added: “When I arrived in the new offices I found out they’d ordered me a Tyne Bridge poster and a Cheryl Cole one. Cheryl already has a speech bubble saying, ‘It’s ganna be pure cush man.’”

Exterior shooting begins next month on location in Hebburn, with the show set to air in September.