The BBC have confirmed the guest stars for the fourth series of popular crime drama Death in Paradise. They include Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), Sally Phillips (Miranda) and Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, as well as rising star Tobi Bakare (The Tunnel, The Shadow Line) who will join the main cast as Saint Marie’s newest Police Officer.
Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the starring Kris Marshall has gone from strength to strength over the past three series, pulling in an average consolidated figure of almost 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas.
Other high-profile names revealed to feature in the winter-warmer include Michelle Collins (Coronation Street), James Fox (Downton Abbey), Francis Magee (Game of Thrones), Nick Moran (Mr Selfridge), Joe Absolom (Doc Martin), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Jason Merrells (Emmerdale).
Following the announcement that popular French actress Josephine Jobert (Sous Le Soleil de Saint-Tropez) will be joining the cast as Sergeant Florence Cassell earlier this year, Honoré Police Station will also be welcoming another new recruit this season as Tobi Bakare heads to paradise to become part of the team as playful and enthusiastic Police Officer, JP Hooper. Arriving on the idyllic island mid-series, the new PC will help the team uncover the truth behind more dastardly deeds and mysterious murders.
Commenting on his role in the series, Tobi Bakare said: “I feel absolutely blessed to be a member of Death in Paradise! It’s great to be in a hugely successful drama that brings me back to the good old stuff like Columbo. Guadeloupe is beautiful and the cast and crew are now an extended family. We’ve had bags of fun, and I can’t wait for the viewers to see the fruits of our labour.”
Tim Key, Executive Producer of Death In Paradise said: “We are delighted to debut two new faces for the fourth series of Death In Paradise. Tobi Bakare and Josephine Jobert have both been brilliant additions to the team, both on and off screen, and we hope viewers enjoy the new energies they bring to the show. “It’s also a great honour to welcome more talented and popular faces as guest stars for the new series and I am thrilled with the calibre of talent we have this year.”
Death in Paradise is expected in early 2015 on BBC ONE.