Bradley Walsh: Joe Hawkins has brought a new streetwise dynamic to Law & Order UK (VIDEO)

Law & Order UK star Bradley Walsh has paid tribute to his new partner, DS Joe Hawkins (Ben Bailey Smith), and the streetwise dynamic he's brought to the ITV series.

Bradley, who plays DS Ronnie Brooks, said: "[Joe's] a little bit more streewise. He's a little bit more... he's from London of origin, so he's lived and breathed the streets. He comes from Child Protection so he's worked with the youth, he knows what's what. 

"Jamie Bamber who played Matt Devlin and Paul Nicholls who played Sam Casey were not from London, but whilst they were brilliant in their parts, Ben Bailey Smith as Joe Hawkins brings another dynamic to the show."

Watch the clip of Bradley Walsh talking about Joe Hawkins in Law & Order UK:

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.