Death in Paradise is welcoming a whole new host of famous faces to the sunny shores of Saint Marie, to guest star in the show’s upcoming fourth series.
The murder of Lucy Beale might still be unsolved in EastEnders, but the actress who played the ill-fated teen, Hetti Bywater, has moved on to crime scenes new. She’ll be joined on set by former Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede, who danced her way to the Strictly final last year.
Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall, who played housemaid Ethel Parks, is also set to star, as is Call the Midwife actor Leo Staar, who appeared in series three as Jenny Lee’s boyfriend Alec.
Other guest stars include Tyger Drew-Honey, in his first TV drama since Outnumbered and Broadchurch’s Will Mellor, as well as Rosie Cavaliero, Simon Day, Don Gilet, Katarina Cas, William Ash, David Bamber, Claire Goose, Sharon D Clarke, Ali Bastian, Susannah Fielding and Amanda Root.
The show’s executive producer Tim Key said: “We continue to work with a whole host of talented and popular faces as guest stars and I am thrilled with the calibre of talent we have this year.”
The casting news was announced this morning by BBC1, but a little Twitter search will reveal that clues have been floating around for a while now. It seems the new cast members couldn’t resist a little showing off…
Filming in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean for the next two weeks, was feeling smug. Just been told it’s rain season right now. Not so smug.
— Leo Staar (@leostaar247) July 11, 2014
Guadeloupe. C’est bon! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/T6p8aewDZV
— Natalie Gumede (@NatalieGumede) June 5, 2014
Just got back from filming “Death In Paradise” in the Caribbean !! Great time! Can’t wait to see my wife and kinds!! Missed them so much !
— Will mellor (@Mellor76) June 24, 2014
Toooo excited to fly out to Guadeloupe tomorrow. Never been ANYWHERE that nice for work before – I’m a lucky sod! X pic.twitter.com/20JEVSF8dU
— Tyger Drew-Honey (@tyger) June 29, 2014
The fourth series of Death in Paradise will follow DI Humphry Goodman (Kris Marshall), Saint Marie’s new detective who arrived following the murder of DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) at the start of series three.
The new episodes will see Goodman struggle with his feelings for Camile (Sara Martins) while Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) is left to hold the fort when Fidel (Gary Carr) gets a job on a neighbouring island.
Death in Paradise series four will air on BBC1 in 2015.