After guest starring in the final two episodes of the show’s eighth season, Aude Legastelois has been upped to series regular on BBC One’s Caribbean set crime drama Death In Paradise. The promotion comes on the heels of BBC One formally renewing the the series for two more seasons (nine and ten).
Legastelois plays DS Madeleine Dumas, who is joining the Honoré Police. She joins a returning cast that includes Ardal O’Hanlon as DI Jack Mooney, Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper, Shyko Amos as Officer Ruby Patterson, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and Elizabeth Bourgine Catherine Bordey.
“I’m thrilled that I’ve been given the opportunity to continue my role as Madeleine and to rejoin the cast of Death in Paradise”, Aude Legastelois said in a statement. “I can’t wait for Madeleine to be fully integrated into the Honoré Police team and for the viewers to get to know her further.”
Death In Paradise was created by Robert Thorogood and follows DI Jack Mooney and his local police team as they investigate crimes on the tropical island of Saint Marie. The series is produced by Red Planet Pictures, with Tim Key and Tommy Bulfin serving as executive producers. Death In Paradise remains a strong ratings performer for the BBC, with the season eight premiere managing a consolidated audience of 8.9 million viewers.
The ninth and tenth seasons were commissioned by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Piers Wenger. The executive producers are Tim Key for Red Planet Pictures and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. Production on season nine gets underway on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe later this year ahead of a 2020 premiere.