Bella Ramsey is set to star in the second season of BBC’s acclaimed drama Time.

A “moving and high-stakes portrayal of life inside a women’s prison”, the three-part series will also star Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) and Tamara Lawrance (The Silent Twins), with Siobhan Finneran reprising her role from season one as prison chaplain Marie-Louise.

Ramsey, Whittaker and Lawrance will respectively play Kelsey, Orla and Abi, three new inmates who “face an unfamiliar world” as they arrive at Carlingford Prison on the same day.

According to the synopsis: “But even with the ever-present threat of violence within its walls, they discover that an unexpected sense of community, and a shared understanding, still might be possible.”

In a statement, Ramsey said she’s “very happy to be a part of this project, working with an incredible team and following on from a stellar first season. And it’s such an honour to be Kelsey, I’m really excited to experience the world through her for a few months.”

Whittaker called the role “an absolute dream” while Lawrance praised the show for humanising “a sector of society that is too often and easily vilified by elucidating the layered reasons why people end up in the criminal (in)justice system”.

Ramsey, who rose to fame as Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones, earned critical acclaim and worldwide recognition earlier this year for starring as Ellie in HBO’s post-apocalyptic drama The Last of Us.

Immediately renewed for a second season, The Last of Us has been lauded as the best video game adaptation in history.

Ahead of the series’ debut earlier this year, Ramsey told The New York Times that their gender has “always been very fluid”.

“Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it, but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting,” said the star, who opts for “non-binary” on a form when it’s an option. “I’m very much just a person.”

“Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less,” added Ramsey.