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Death in Paradise series 11 begins filming as new star joins cast

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY JUNE 8 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Ralph Little who is returning in the role of detective Neville Parker in BBC drama Death In Paradise as filming for the 11th series has begun on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 8, 2021. See PA story SHOWBIZ Paradise. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Filming is officially underway on new episodes of the show (Picture: PA)

Death in Paradise series 11 has begun filming, with fans getting a tantalising glimpse of the series and the first look at a new cast member.

Ralph Little is returning in the role of detective Neville Parker and can be seen relaxing in a hammock in newly release images as the series begins production on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

He won’t be alone. There’s a new star along for the new episodes, with Jamaican actress Shantol Jackson joining the cast of the BBC drama.

Shantol, who starred as Yvonne in the Idris Elba-directed 2018 crime drama Yardie, will play ambitious young sergeant Naomi Thomas in the local police.

The character is described as a gifted officer who has arrived from a neighbouring island to join the Saint Marie Police.

The 28-year-old said: ‘I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the cast of this fun-filled, entertaining series.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY JUNE 8 For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout photo of Jamaican actress Shantol Jackson who has joined the cast of BBC drama Death In Paradise for its 11th series. Filming on new episodes has begun on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, with Ralph Little returning in the role of detective Neville Parker. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday June 8, 2021. See PA story SHOWBIZ Paradise. Photo credit should read: BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
Shantol is the latest star to join the BBC series (Credits: PA)

‘I used to watch Death In Paradise with my dad in Jamaica years ago when it just started and to now be in the show, knowing that he’ll be watching me, it’s truly a surreal moment. Looking forward to adding to the magic.’

They’ll be joined by returning stars Josephine Jobert, Don Warrington, Tahj Miles and Elizabeth Bourgine.

The BBC said series 11 will see ‘even more mysterious murders, guest stars galore, huge surprises and plenty of twists’.

DI Neville Parker in Death in Paradise
Ralph will be back to lead the cast in series 11 (Picture: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)

It comes after Death in Paradise celebrated a decade on our screens earlier this year, with the 10th series seeing main character Neville and his team catch some of the most unexpected killers. Fans also saw the return of Richard Poole (Ben Miller) and DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins).

Viewers were left on tenterhooks at the end of the series, with the final episode ending on a cliffhanger as Neville decided to tell Florence he likes her – only for the credits to roll just as he was about to say how he felt.

A release date for Death in Paradise series 11 has yet to be confirmed.

Previous series of Death In Paradise are available on iPlayer.

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