Brian Cox and Julie Graham join the cast of Shetland

The pair will join Douglas Henshall who is reprising his role as Detective Jimmy Perez in the second series of the Scottish murder-mystery

Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Bob Servant Independent) and Julie Graham (Survivors, William & Mary) have joined the cast of Scottish murder-mystery Shetland. 

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The pair will join Douglas Henshall who is reprising his role as Detective Jimmy Perez in six new episodes, which are currently being filmed in Scotland. Based once again on the novels by Ann Cleeves, the second series will use her remaining three stories – Raven Black, Blue Lightning and Dead Water – adapted into three 2×60-minute episodes. 

Cox will appear in the first two-parter, Raven Black, as Magnus Bain – a solitary social outsider who suddenly becomes the focus of a murder investigation. Graham will play procurator fiscal Rhona Kelly who will crop up in the first and third stories in the series. 

“Rhona is a woman who commands attention so it’s a joy to play such a strong female character,” said Graham. “I loved the first series of Shetland and I’m delighted to be joining Dougie and the rest of the cast as a new returning character. It’ll also be lovely to be back filming in Scotland and visiting Shetland.” 

Existing cast members for the drama’s second series include Steven Robertson (as PC Sandy Wilson), Alison O’Donnell (DC Alison MacIntosh), Mark Bonnar (Duncan Hunter) and Frances Gray. 

Head of drama for BBC Scotland, Christopher Aird, added, “This first six-part series of Shetland will build on the huge success of the pilot. Douglas Henshall’s Perez is our charismatic guide to this unique world of compelling mysteries and fascinating character stories, all told under the brooding skies of the islands. 

“We have some wonderful writers and directors working on the show and I am thrilled the likes of Brian Cox and Julie Graham will be joining the cast this year.”


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