AN ABERYSTWYTH actress will return to the small screen starring in a daytime BBC series to be shown later this year.

Elen Rhys, a former Ysgol Penweddig pupil from Blaenplwyf, will star in a new 10-part crime drama, The Mallorca Files.

Elen has featured in many successful films and TV productions, including World War Z, Panic Button, Torchwood, Hinterland, Silent Witness, Keeping Faith, Broadchurch and Ordinary Lies.

Set amongst the vibrant international community of the eponymous Spanish island, The Mallorca Files, written by Dan Sefton, centres around the clash of personalities between British and German detectives who have very different approaches to policing.

Yet despite - or perhaps because of - their very different approaches, the sleuths form a perfect complementary partnership as they seek to solve a new crime on the island each week.

Elen plays self-confessed introverted Brit Miranda Blake, who takes her career, as well as everything else in life, seriously.

Julian Looman, known for his work in Pagan Peak, Prey, and Cop Stories plays her German partner-in-crime-solving, Max Winter.

Elen said: “Dan Sefton has written a wonderfully flawed character in Miranda, who promises to be a lot of fun.

“I am thrilled to be playing one half of this mismatched crime-fighting duo - especially against the beautiful backdrop of Mallorca.

“What’s not to like?”

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC Programming and Daytime, says: “The Mallorca Files is an exciting new drama series for BBC One daytime and BBC iPlayer, with a wonderful collection of talented people behind the camera and a fantastic cast who viewers are going to love.”

The Mallorca Files is a Cosmopolitan Pictures/Clerkenwell Films co-production for the BBC.

Production began in November and it will be broadcast on BBC One Daytime across the week Monday to Friday, with all 10 45-minute episodes dropping on BBC iPlayer on the first day of transmission later this year.

See this week’s south editions, in shops and online on Wednesday