Who’s in the new Death in Paradise cast? Ardal O’Hanlon, Josephine Jobert, Danny John-Jules and Tobi Bakare star in BBC crime drama

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The comedy mystery, now in its seventh season, is starting anew with Ardal O’Hanlon taking over the leading role from Kris Marshall permanently–Tilly Pearce reports for The Sun.

DEATH In Paradise is back, and has a new leading man fronting the detective team after Kris Marshall steps down.

Here’s everything you need to know about the show…

Who’s in the Death in Paradise cast?

Ardal O’Hanlon

Ardal O’Hanlon is known to most as hapless Father Dougal in the Irish comedy show, Father Ted.

In the late nineties and early noughties, he was often seen in sitcoms including series My Hero, and Big Bad World.

He will play DI Jack Mooney, a widowed detective who heads to the Caribbean with his daughter for a fresh start.

Josephine Jobert

Josephine Jobert is a French actress who has worked mainly in a string of Canadian French series.

Death in Paradise is the star’s first English speaking role.

She plays DS Florence Cassell, the lead detectives right hand woman, on the show.

Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules’ most notable role away from Death in Paradise is as the human/feline hybrid The Cat in cult hit Red Dwarf.

He also appeared in English film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and blockbuster hit Blade Two as a doo-wop singer.

In the series, Danny plays Officer Dwayne Myers, a policeman who has integrated himself into Saint Marie life, and therefore the most connected.

Tobi Bakare

Tobi Bakare is a 28-year-old British actor who has worked on both stage and screen.

As well as Death in Paradise, Tobi features in The Tunnel, Silent Witness, The Smoke and mini-series, One Child.

His only major film role to date has been in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

On the show, Tobi played DI J.P Hooper, who is a junior on the rise in the Saint Marie Police Force.

Elizabeth Bourgine

Elizabeth is a French actress who has appeared in numerous TV shows and series.

Originally a dancer, Elizabeth is one of the only cast members to appear in every series of Death in Paradise.

She is married to Jean-Luc Miesch, whom she met in 1977, and they have one son together.

What happened to Kris Marshall?

Kris Marshall played the leading detective, DI Humphrey Goodman, for four seasons of the show.

However, the actor decided to step back from the series, stating the long distance makes it difficult for him to be there for his family, and he didn’t want to commute them every year.

Speaking about the change, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer said: “Kris has been a brilliant and heroic detective who will be greatly missed, but I am so pleased to welcome Ardal to the team and can’t wait to see him take the reins as our leading Caribbean crime fighter.”

It’s been written into the series that the DI simply returns home after his time abroad.

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