BBC One and Red Planet Pictures are shaking up the cast of Death In Paradise.
Original cast member Danny John-Jules, who plays Officer Dwayne Myers, is exiting the Caribbean-set murder mystery drama after seven seasons. Additionally, Shyko Amos (A Very English Scandal) is joining the cast as a series regular for season eight.
Danny John-Jules is the latest cast member to exit the series since it launched in 2011. Original series lead Ben Miller was the first to exit in 2014, and was later followed by Gary Carr in 2014, Sara Martins in 2015, and Kris Marshall in 2017.
“This is an exciting time for Death in Paradise and we are delighted to have such great talent involved in the show”, said Tommy Bulfin, the BBC’s Drama Commissioning Editor for Northern Ireland. “We are sad to say goodbye to Danny whose presence and personality has helped contribute towards the success of this long running series, but we are thrilled to have Shyko Amos on board. We can’t wait to see her take the reins as Officer Ruby Patterson and the new dynamic she will bring to the Caribbean police team.”
New cast addition Shyko Amos will play Officer Ruby Patterson, fresh out of police college who is more than just an eager new recruit, she’s also Commissioner Patterson’s niece; presenting the team with a challenge or two. While they get to know their new arrival, Ruby quickly realises that life as a police officer in Saint Marie is far from quiet.
“There is nothing quite like Death in Paradise on TV and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’ve joined such a massively popular show”, Shyko Amos said in a statement. “It’s given me a butterfly or two but I’m very excited! Officer Ruby Patterson is a bundle of joy! I am very excited for Death in Paradise viewers to experience her as the new member of the already amazing law enforcement team of Saint Marie”.
Shyko Amos joins a returning cast that includes Ardal O’Hanlon as Detective Inspector Jack Mooney, Joséphine Jobert as Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell, Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and Elizabeth Bourgine as Catherine Bordey. Death In Paradise is produced for BBC One by Red Planet Pictures, with Tommy Bulfin and Tim Key serving as the executive producers. The eighth season was commissioned by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Piers Wenger. Production on season eight is now underway in Guadeloupe.
“We’re delighted to welcome Shyko to the team. She’s a really exciting young actor who has already made a huge impact on set as Officer Ruby Patterson. We’re very sad to have said goodbye to Danny, whose brilliant performance as Dwayne has helped make the show such a success”, said executive producer Tim Key. “We wish Danny all the very best and look forward to working with him again. But it’s wonderful to be back in Guadeloupe with our fantastic cast and crew to get stuck in to some more intriguing murder mysteries in the Caribbean sun. We can’t wait for the audience to see what we’ve got in store”.