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Josephine Jobert reveals why she decided to come back to Death in Paradise

The actress explained the reasoning behind reprising the role of DS Florence Cassell.

Published: Thursday, 4th February 2021 at 11:35 am

Season 10 of Death in Paradise is in full swing, with more murders, more ailments for DI Neville Parker and more unexpected returns (like Sara Martins's Camille) in-store.


One comeback viewers have already been enjoying is that of Joséphine Jobert's DS Florence Cassell. The French actress's character was a series regular until season eight, when she was written out following Florence's fiancé's death.

Speaking to Hello! about why she decided to return to the tropical whodunit, Jobert said: "They asked me if I'd like to come back for the whole series. They said there was no pressure, to take my time.

"At first, I wasn't sure about going back to do it, just because I'd left, I'd said goodbye, so there was no reason for me to come back. But then I thought, 'I love the show and I have to do it, especially for the tenth anniversary.' I was really happy."

Jobert went on to say she'd "missed" Florence, and that she "didn't know what happened to her after she left, after she had lost her fiancé", adding: "So I was happy to know what happened."

She also explained why she left the series in the first place, stating: "It was nothing dramatic. Nothing went wrong with the show, it was just a personal decision to move on."

She added: "We were in Guadeloupe for five months. It's great, but it's quite long, and being away from everything and friends and family, I was struggling a bit. I thought I gave everything I could to Florence and I did everything I could to tell her story. And as an actor you think, 'Okay, I want to move on and I want to do new things.'"


Death in Paradise season 10 continues on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One. For more to watch, check out our TV Guide


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