ONE of River City's most loved characters Roisin McIntyre is set to make a dramatic return to the popular BBC soap.

Actress Joyce Falconer will resume the role she last played in 2008 while fans of River City will also welcome a new face as broadcaster and actor Grant Stott joins the soap.

Loud, brash, and generally outspoken, Roisin fast became one of the show’s most iconic characters when she arrived in 2002 with an unmistakable Doric accent and her no-nonsense attitude towards life.

An employee of the Lazy Rays tanning shop on Montego Street, some of Roisin’s most memorable storylines included her love affair with boss Raymond (Paul Samson), winning the lottery, her over-the-top wedding to Raymond, and reunion with her secret love child Alanna (Jade Lezar).

READ MORE: The cast of Danny Boy talk about the new BBC series

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Joyce, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, said: "I’m delighted to be back in the River City family.

"No matter what else I’ve done in my career, Roisin never really left me so it’s a joy to step back on to Montego Street and get to know her all over again.

"She’s always been a brilliant role to play and I’m excited about the storylines she’ll embrace.

"Roisin’s a tough quine with a big heart who knows what she wants and how to get it!

"Still bold and brassy but expect to see another side to her too."

READ MORE: Lily James and Emily Beecham chat about new BBC drama The Pursuit of Love

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Glasgow Times:

Meanwhile, Grant starts filming in June for scenes which will air later this year.

A close friend of the late Andy Gray who died earlier this year and played loveable rogue Pete Galloway in the Scottish soap, he said: "Andy and I often joked about me joining the River City cast and imagined the scenarios we’d get into on screen.

"But life got in the way and it never quite happened.

"So to find myself part of the show which was so special to Andy - which showcased his incredible acting ability - means a great deal to me.

"It feels right and it’s almost like a parting gift from my dear friend Andy.

"It’s a massive comfort to follow in his footsteps and walk into Montego Street.

"I can’t wait to get started on River City.”

Glasgow Times:

Joyce and Grant join the cast alongside other new faces including Brian James Leys who plays Ash, the absent father of troubled teen Ruby McLean (Zindzi Hudson) and Caitlin’s ex (Gayle Telfer Stevens); Sammy Hayman as Darren Foulkes, the charming older brother of local criminal Tyler (Cameron Fulton); and Claire Dargo who takes on the role of Karen McAllister, the estranged ex-wife of Alex (Jordan Young) and mother to Jessie (Kirsty Pickering).

Martin McCardie, BBC Studios Series Producer for River City, said: “Joyce Falconer is a fantastic actress and her portrayal of Roisin McIntyre has always stuck in the minds of fans of the show.

"We are delighted to have her back in Shieldinch, Roisin still has a lot of living to do in River City and Joyce is an absolute delight to have as a returning member of the team, the other actors gave her a round of applause when we all met up in our first zoom call for the series, and that says it all really!

"We are also delighted to have the fantastic Grant Stott joining the cast, he will have a huge impact on some of our regular characters and will hopefully enjoy being on the show. The late, great, Andy Gray - who played Pete Galloway in River City - was always recommending Grant as an actor and as a team player to the show, we are happy to say that we listened to him.”

Glasgow Times:

Gavin Smith, BBC Scotland’s Executive Producer added: “We’re delighted about the return of Roisin to River City.

"So much has happened in Shieldinch since she left and I’m sure she’ll have an outrageous story or two to share as well.

"The brilliant Grant Stott also plays a character who is going to stir up the past but we’re keeping those details under wraps….for now!

"We hope audiences will look forward to seeing Joyce and Grant hitting Montego street later in the year.”