Meet the cast of Death in Paradise season 10

Your guide to the who's leaving, who's returning, who's joining, and who's guest-starring in the 2021 series of Death in Paradise

Ralf Little, Josephine Jobert in Death in Paradise

It’s all change on Saint Marie! While DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and DS JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare) are back for season 10 alongside Commissioner Patterson (Don Warrington) and local bar owner Catherine (Élizabeth Bourgine), two major characters have left Death in Paradise – and they’ll be replaced by one total newcomer and one very familiar face.

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Yes, both Shyko Amos (Ruby Patterson) and Aude Legastelois-Bidé (DS Madeleine Dumas) will not be returning in the upcoming 2021 series.

However, the BBC has confirmed that Tahj Miles is joining as a character called Marlon Pryce – and, to many fans’ total surprise, Joséphine Jobert is returning to the show as DS Florence Cassell. And as if that wasn’t enough, original star Sara Martins will also return for a two-episode stint as DS Camille Bordey.

The core cast will be joined be a whole new collection of guest stars. So who were the lucky few to receive a call from the Death in Paradise casting director?

Ralf Little plays DI Neville Parker

Ralf Little joins Death in Paradise S9

Who is DI Neville Parker? DI Neville Parker replaced DI Jack Mooney as Saint Marie’s top cop part-way through series nine. He arrived from Manchester for a routine visit, but was waylaid by an unfortunate case of deep vein thrombosis and somehow stayed for the duration of the season, despite every allergy under the sun and unusual hypersensitivity to the sun. By the end of the season nine finale DI Parker was suffering an existential crisis and was as anxious about returning to Manchester as he was about staying in Saint Marie. Despite the all-clear to travel, Neville asked if he could stay in the job. Commissioner Selwyn hesitantly said yes – on a rolling contract.

Earlier in 2020 the BBC teased that Neville realises “he is existing in the Caribbean, rather than embracing life there. With Florence’s help, he determines to seize the day and finds himself starting to reveal some of his secrets – including of a romantic nature. But is Neville really built for a life in the tropics? And is a romantic relationship ever going to be possible for him?”

What else has Ralf Little been in? He’s best known for playing Antony in The Royle Family, and for playing Jonny Keogh in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps – and this year he actually launched a filmed podcast with co-star Will Mellor called “Two Pints with Will & Ralf”. The actor, who comes from Manchester, also has a background as a footballer; and his recent acting roles have included Stuart in The A Word, and Steadfast in Doctor Who.

Joséphine Jobert plays DS Florence Cassell

Joséphine Jobert plays DS Florence Cassell in Death in Paradise

Who is DS Florence Cassell? Florence worked first with Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey Goodman and then with Ardal O’Hanlon’s DI Jack Mooney, before leaving Death in Paradise quite dramatically in season eight. Mid-way through the season, she was involved in a two-episode storyline in which she was shot – and in which her fiancé tragically died. Reeling from her loss, she decided to move away from Saint Marie.

In a surprise announcement, Death in Paradise has confirmed that Florence will be back for season 10 – though we don’t yet know how she’ll make her grand-return. And Joséphine Jobert herself has hinted her employment may not be long-term.

What else has Joséphine Jobert been in? Her other credits include Avenue 5, Le temps est assassin, Summer Crush, and Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez. Joséphine Jobert left season eight, citing “personal and professional reasons”.

Don Warrington plays Commissioner Patterson

Don Warrington plays Commissioner Selwyn Patterson in Death in paradise

Who is Commissioner Selwyn Patterson? The urbane and charming but strict figure of Commissioner Patterson (Don Warrington) has been on Saint Marie for all 10 seasons and is the sole remaining original character in Death in Paradise. In the previous season we saw him struggle to connect with DI Neville Parker, but in as the BBC teases for season ten: “Selwyn’s frustrations with his new detective take a back seat when he finds himself in the firing line.”

What else has Don Warrington been in? Don Warrington OBE is an experienced stage and screen actor who first came to public attention as Philip in the seventies TV series Rising Damp. He starred as the alternative-universe President of Great Britain in 2006 Doctor Who episode Rise of Cybermen, and (briefly) competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008. Other credits have included C.A.T.S. Eyes, New Street Law, To Play the King, Casualty, Hamlet, Henry IX, and The Five.

Tobi Bakare plays DS JP Hooper

Tobi Bakare plays JP Hooper in Death in Paradise

Who is DS JP Hooper? JP joined the team on Saint Marie in season four back in 2015 and has proved himself an adept and reliable police officer, although he is missing his compadre Dwayne (Danny John-Jules). JP has gained increasing responsibilities over the years and his enthusiasm for his job is relentless. How will he react to the return of DS Cassell?

What else has Tobi Bakare been in? Tobi Bakare has played Eggy’s friend Jamal in both Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He’s also starred as Jamie in The Smoke, Chuks Akinade in The Tunnel, and Andy Dixon in The Shadow Line – and he was a voice actor for Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

Élizabeth Bourgine plays Mayor Catherine Bordey

Elizabeth Bourgine plays Catherine Bordey in Death in Paradise

Who is Catherine Bordey? The mayor also happens to be the proprietor of the local beach-front bar at which the Death in Paradise team like to wind down. Mayor Bordey has been a constant presence since season two in 2011 and is always ready with something cold and refreshing to drink and some sage advice to share. She is an attractive, welcoming presence and despite being French she now considers herself a true islander.

What else has Élizabeth Bourgine been in? In France, the actress is best known for her French-language movies and TV shows including Private Lessons (Cours privé), A Heart in Winter (Un cœur en hiver), and My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami). She has also been seen in the TV movies Murders in Rochefort and Written in Blood, and she loves to post Instagrams from the set of Death in Paradise.

Tahj Miles plays newcomer Marlon Pryce

Who is Marlon Pryce? According to the BBC, “petty criminal” Marlon Pryce, 18, “is a ball of energy and thinks he knows it all. But when he runs into JP, his life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself looking at a very different future to the one he expected.” He’s set to test JP “to his limits”.

What else has Tahj Miles been in? The young actor recently played Kendrick Manning in Small Axe’s opening episode Mangrove, alongside John Boyega. He’s also been in the TV series Flunked and Class Dismissed.

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Sara Martins plays DS Camille Bordey

Sara Martins plays DS Camille Bordey in Death in Paradise

Who is DS Camille Bordey? Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey joined Death in Paradise in the first-ever episode of the show, staying on until part-way through series four. She worked alongside Ben Miller’s DI Richard Poole; the two initially clashed, but over time they developed a close friendship. After DI Poole’s murder, her new boss was DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and they, too, had initial struggles to get along but slowly became close.

Why did DS Camille Bordey leave – and why is she back? Camille was offered an undercover job in Paris in series four, and she decided to take the career opportunity and leave Saint Marie behind. But we don’t yet know why she’s returned to the island for a two-part storyline in series 10…

What else has Sara Martins been in? The Portuguese-French actress mainly appears in French-language films and TV shows, including Réunions, Grand Hôtel, and Alexandra Ehle.

Luke Pasqualino plays Ed Lancer

Luke Pasqualino plays Ed Lancer in Death in Paradise

What else has Luke Pasqualino been in? The actor is perhaps best known for starring as Elvis Harte in the TV series Our Girl, or for playing Freddie Mclair in Skins – the role which really launched his career. His other characters include Paolo in The Borgias, Grey in the 2013 movie Snowpiercer, D’Artagnan in The Musketeers, and Albert Hill in Snatch.

Faye McKeever plays Danielle

Faye-Mckeever

What else has Faye McKeever been in? Recent roles have included Linda Jay in the serial killer true crime drama Des, and Jayne in The Salisbury Poisonings, and Deborah Peach in A Confession. She is also known for starring as Linda in the TV series Trollied, and for other shows such as Little Boy Blue, Broken, and The Moorside.

Jason Manford plays Craig

Jason-Manford

What else has Jason Manford been in? Quite a wide variety of things. The comedian, singer, actor, and TV presenter was previously a team captain on comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and he regularly pops up on shows such as This Morning, The Graham Norton Show, Lorraine, Loose Women, and QI. He appeared in the entertainment show The Masked Singer, and has previously presented The One Show. As an actor, he’s starred in several stage musicals – and also in TV shows including Ordinary Lies (as Marty) and Scarborough (as Mike).

Kelvin Fletcher plays Gavin

Kelvin Fletcher plays Gavin in Death in Paradise

What else has Kelvin Fletcher been in? From an acting perspective, Fletcher is best known for his long-running role as Andy Sugden on Emmerdale, a character he played for 20 years between 1996 and 2016. Last year he endeared himself to a whole new audience when he was selected as a last-minute replacement for the injured Jamie Laing on Strictly Come Dancing – hip-shaking his way all the way to the Glitterball trophy with professional partner Oti Mabuse.

Richard McCabe plays Roger Harkness

Richard McCabe plays Roger Harkness in Death in Paradise

What else has Richard McCabe been in? Richard McCabe is well-known for several TV roles, including Mr Trencrom in Poldark, Justice Cunliffe in Harlots, Peter Westbourne in Collateral, Nyberg in Wallander, Frank Gresham Senior in Doctor Thorne, and Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders. On the big screen he’s been in Notting Hill, 1917, The Little Stranger, The Constant Gardener, Mindhorn, and Goodbye Christopher Robin. Aside from this, he is also a prolific stage actor and an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Bryony Hannah plays Rebecca Morley

Bryony Hannah plays Rebecca Morley in Death in Paradise

What else has Bryony Hannah been in? You’ll probably know her best as Cynthia Miller (later Sister Cynthia) from Call the Midwife. Other TV credits include Cath in cold case crime drama Unforgotten, and TV mini-series Christine – and she was Olivier Award-nominated for her supporting role in 2012 theatre production The Children’s Hour.

Patrick Robinson plays Garfield

Patrick Robinson plays Garfield in Death in Paradise

What else has Patrick Robinson been in? For many years he played Martin “Ash” Ashford in Casualty. In recent years, he’s starred as Anthony in Sitting in Limbo, Marcus Ormansby in The Trouble with Maggie Cole, Cameron in Mount Pleasant, and Victor in Him. He also had a stint in The Bill, as DC Jacob Banks.

Shalisha James-Davis

Shalisha James-Davis

What else has Shalisha James-Davis been in? Recent roles have included Loretta in I May Destroy You, Ayisha in Alex Rider, Amy in The Split, and Faith in Silent Witness. On the stage, she’s been in shows including Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe (as Benvolio) and Our Country’s Good at the National Theatre (as Duckling).

Laura Aikman plays Cherry

Laura Aikman plays Cherry in Death in Paradise

What else has Laura Aikman been in? Aikman has had a number of roles on popular TV shows over the last decade, including regular parts on Casualty, Waterloo Road and Citizen Kahn. Recent appearances have included London Kills, series two of The Split and last year’s Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.

Jim Caesar plays Julius Joyce

Jim Caesar plays Julius Joyce in Death in Paradise

What else has Jim Caesar been in? Since joining the National Youth Theatre 2011, Jim Caesar has worked mainly in theatre – although in 2020 he played the role of Matthew Butler in Grantchester, and he’s also been in The Witcher and the 2019 movie We Die Young.

Sam Retford plays Joseph Verdinikov

Sam Retford plays Joseph Verdinikov in Death in Paradise

What else has Sam Retford been in? Sam Retford is best known for starring as Cory Wilson in Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge. He played Nate in TV mini-series ‘Hollyoaks: Tom’s Life’ back in 2014, beginning his career as a child actor.

Franc Ashman plays Elmina Blondeau

Franc Ashman plays Elmina Blondeau in Death in Paradise

What else has Franc Ashman been in? The actress starred as Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Her TV credits include I May Destroy You, Liar, and Doctor Who (in 2010 episode The Big Bang) – and her film credits include A Street Cat Named Bob, playing the character Danielle.

Danielle Vitalis plays Aneesha

Danielle Vitalis plays Aneesha in Death in Paradise

What else has Danielle Vitalis been in? She played Teen Arabella in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You. Danielle Vitalis has also been seen in Famalam, This Way Up, Sliced, Youngers, and Attack the Block.

Niamh Cusack plays Maggie O’Connell

Niamh Cusack plays Maggie O'Connell in Death in Paradise

What else has Niamh Cusack been in? Aside from her work on the stage, Niamh Cusack has appeared in The Virtues (as Janine), Rebellion, Testament of Youth, Always and Everyone, Heartbeat (as Dr Kate Rowan), and The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (as Beatrix Potter).

Golda Rosheuvel plays Alice Joyce

Golda Rosheuvel plays Alice Joyce in Death in Paradise

What else has Golda Rosheuvel been in? When Death in Paradise hits our screens, Golda Rosheuvel will have made her debut in Netflix drama Bridgerton as Queen Charlotte. She’s also previously appeared in Dead Boss, Torchwood, Lady Macbeth, and Luther.

Buom Tihngang plays Ollie Gordon

Buom Tihngang plays Ollie Gordon in Death in Paradise

What else has Buom Tihngang been in? The young actor starred in a couple of 2020 episodes of Doctor Who, playing the character Tibo. He also played Demba in World on Fire, Johnny in Endeavour, and Barclay in the TV series Life.

Steve Edge plays Freddie Archer

Steve Edge plays Freddie Archer in Death in Paradise

What else has Steve Edge been in? Recent roles have included Bigsy in Scarborough, David Foster in The Reluctant Landlord, and Billy Dawson in Benidorm. Other previous credits include Happy Valley, Starlings, and Star Stories; he also played the character Alan in both That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights.

Kellie Shirley plays Pamela Bellman

Kellie Shirley plays Pamela Bellman in Death in Paradise

What else has Kellie Shirley been in? She had a stint in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing Carly. Since then she’s starred as Kirsty in Idris Elba’s TV drama In the Long Run, and appeared in Call the Midwife, Doctors, and king of Thieves.

Luke Bailey

What else has Luke Bailey been in? He’s starred as Yaro in Noughts + Crosses, and as Ash in Ordinary Lies. We’ve also seen him plays Sam Bateman in Casualty, and Marley Kelly in Waterloo Road.

Delroy Atkinson plays Godrell

What else has Delroy Atkinson been in? He played Derek Hayes in Luther, and was Mr Thwaites in the 2019 BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Other credits include the 2017 Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Blithe Spirit, Enola Holmes, and Small Island.

Lia Williams

What else has Lia Williams been in? The Bafta-nominated actress put in a memorable performance as Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor) in the first two seasons of The Crown; she’s also recently been seen in The Capture (as the sinister DSU Gemma Garland), His Dark Materials (as Dr Cooper), Kiri (as Alice Warner) and Riviera (as Dr Emilie Mathieu). Other credits have included 2017 movie The Foreigner, Edith Montgomery in Doc Martin, and Nadia Herz in The Missing.

Eleanor Fanyinka plays Melanie

What else has Eleanor Fanyinka been in? Until 2017 she starred as Morven in Holby City. Since leaving the soap, she’s played Nancy in the TV mini-series Pure, Samantha in Masters of Love, and Jade-Marie Pierce in a 2019 episode of Midsomer Murders.

Clarence Smith

What else has Clarence Smith been in? He’s starred in Royal Shakespeare Company of plays including Hamlet and King Lear, and previously played Sergeant Rob Keavey in Doctors.

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Death in Paradise is likely to return to BBC One early in the new year. While you’re waiting, visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight, or check out our guide to new TV shows 2020 to find out what’s airing this autumn and beyond.