10 January 2020 00:38
Ralf Little will join the cast for season 9 (Picture: Philip Volkers/BBC/PA) Death in Paradise comes back to BBC One tonight for its ninth season. The comedy drama, which follows British detectives as they solve murders on the fictional island of Saint Marie has a slightly different cast this season. While the line-up might be a little different, we can rely on seeing the same luscious landscapes and beaches, ruined only by the rampant murders that take place there. But who is new to the cast this year – and who's departed paradise for good? Here's what you need to know… Who is leaving Death in Paradise season 9 and who is in the cast?
Ardal O'Hanlon will leave the show, having played DI Jack Mooney for three years. Speaking about his imminent departure, he said: 'I've spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!) It's been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world. Advertisement 'However, it's time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle.' Ardal O'Hanlon will leave the island this season (Picture: ITV) Ardal is the latest departure from the show, following Danny John-Jules' departure last year,as well as Josephine Jobert, who also stepped down in 2019. Danny was replaced by Shyko Amos, who plays new police officer Ruby Patterson, while Josephine was replaced by Aude Legastelois. EastEnders star Nina Wadia will also make her debut this season as the character of Anna – a woman who has come to the island to make a 'fresh start' following her divorce.