EXCLUSIVE: In the series finale of Ugly Betty last week, his character moved to the Eric2U.K. Now Betty star Eric Mabius is doing the same with a starring role on a high-profile new drama series for BBC One. Mabius has been tapped to star in Outcasts, an eight-episode big-budget sci-fi series from top U.K. producing company Kudos Film and Television and creator Ben Richards. Set in 2040 when a biological catastrophe wipes off human species on Earth, the show centers on a settlement of 50,000 emigrants from Earth on  a life supporting planet in a neighboring solar system who have to start a new civilization. Mabius will play the vice president of the evacuation program. Filming of the show starts next month in South Africa.

American Mabius is known by U.K. TV audiences as Betty was very popular there, airing on Channel 4. Mabius, repped by Innovative and GEF Entertainment, is the latest Betty alum to land a new TV project, following Becki Newton and Ana Ortiz, cast in the pilots Love Bites for NBC and True Blue for ABC, respectively.