Death In Paradise is losing another lead actor. Ardal O’Hanlon, who plays Detective Inspector Jack Mooney, is set to exit the series after three seasons. His final appearance will be during the show’s ninth season, which is set to air in 2020. No word just yet on who will replace him as the new lead. The series has already been renewed for season ten.
O’Hanlon follows in the footsteps of Ben Miller and Kris Marshall, both of whom exited as the lead actor after three seasons in their respective roles. He made the decision in order to explore other opportunities. The BBC and series producer Red Planet Pictures are keeping details of the exit story-line under wraps.
“We will be sad to say goodbye to DI Jack Mooney when the time comes, our audiences have loved the joy and humour he has brought to the Saint Marie police force over the last four series”, said BBC Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin. “Everyone at the BBC would like thank Ardal for his time on Death in Paradise but it’s not the end just yet; as one door closes another one opens, and we are very excited about what’s to come in the next chapter.”
“I’ve spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!) It’s been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world”, O’Hanlon said. “However, it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle. I’m confident that Death in Paradise will go from strength to strength and viewers will share my enthusiasm for Jack’s successor!”
While Red Planet Pictures’ Executive Producer Tim Key added: “They say never meet your heroes but working with Ardal is everything I could have hoped for. He’s a fantastic actor and a lovely man and we will all miss him enormously. We couldn’t be more grateful for his time as our lead detective and his story isn’t over yet – viewers will have to see how, why and when Jack Mooney leaves, but I don’t think there will be a dry eye in the house.”