Babylon and Humans star Jill Halfpenny has been cast in a guest starring role in the upcoming fifth season of BBC One’s rating hit Death In Paradise, TVWise has learned. Precise details of the character Jill Halfpenny will be playing are being kept firmly under wraps.
“It was such a treat to dip into the world of Death in Paradise”, the actress said in a statement. “One of the great joys of my job is being able to film with such strong talent and in such gorgeous locations – this year has taken me to Chichester, Guadeloupe and I will end it in Leeds! You can’t ask for more variation than that!”
Further guest stars lined up for season five include Keith Allen (My Mad Fat Diary), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out), Wendy Craig (Reggie Perrin), Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones), Susie Amy (Echo Beach), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders), Martin Compston (Line Of Duty), Alexander Arnold (Poldark), Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) and Lorcan Cranitch (Atlantis).
“We’re delighted to be welcoming more fantastic talent to Guadeloupe for the new series”, said Tim Key, Executive Producer of Death In Paradise. “We’re incredibly lucky to have such brilliant actors and actresses to accompany our equally brilliant regular cast and look forward to them all bringing some Caribbean sunshine to viewers in the cold winter months.”
This latest round of casting comes after TVWise previously reported that Paul Nicholls (Law & Order: UK), Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time), Heida Reed (Poldark), Julien Ovenden (Downton Abbey), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who), Lloyd Owen (The Originals), Nigel Lindsay (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Hannah Britland (Fresh Meat), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) and Lucy Cohu (Broadchurch) are also set to guest star.
Created by Robert Thorogood, Death In Paradise follows DI Humphrey Goodman and his local police team as they investigate crimes on the tropical island of Saint Marie. The series is produced Red Planet Pictures and stars Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Don Warrington, Tobi Bakare and Josephine Jobert. Death In Paradise has been a hit for the BBC since its inception, pulling in an average consolidated audience of almost 9 million viewers.
In the show’s fifth season, love is in the air as DI Humphrey Goodman takes on the brave new world of dating, while Officer JP Hooper is reunited with a blast from the past. Meanwhile, the team are shocked when JP reveals that he can’t swim, despite living on an island. With mentor, Officer Dwayne Myers insisting that he has to be the ‘complete package’ to be a Police Officer, DS Florence Cassell decides to take him under her wing to give him some lessons.