Shetland: Ashley Jensen to take over Douglas Henshall’s lead function in hit BBC crime drama

Ashley Jensen, star of After Life, Extras and Ugly Betty is to take the lead function in hit BBC drama sequence Shetland.

She’s going to lead the forged within the crime thriller present’s eighth sequence after Douglas Henshall and his character Jimmy Perez bowed out on the finish of the latest episode in September.

Jensen will be part of forces with Shetland favourite Alison O’Donnell, who performs DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh, to tackle the brand new function of Detective Inspector Ruth Calder. She’s going to play a local Shetlander who returns after 20 years working for the Met in London.

Shetland regulars Steven Robertson (Sandy), Lewis Howden (Billy) and Anne Kidd (Cora) may also return for the brand new sequence, which begins filming within the spring.

Ashley Jensen will tackle the brand new lead function in Shetland when the sequence returns subsequent 12 months.

Henshall has performed Perez on display since a two-part Shetland pilot aired in 2013. When his departure on the finish of the seventh sequence was introduced in July, Henshall stated he agreed with the author essential David Kane after Shetland’s fifth season that he would do two extra to deliver Perez’s story to a “satisfying finish”.

Nonetheless, it was then confirmed that Shetland would return for an eighth sequence, which might see Paul Logue take over as head author.

Jensen has been forged in Shetland forward of her upcoming look in Mayflies, the BBC adaptation of Andrew O’Hagan’s novel. She stated: “I’m completely delighted to be becoming a member of Shetland.

“It’s a very profitable present and I’m conscious that I’ve very huge boots to fill for the reason that departure of DI Perez, who was a lot liked by followers of the present.

Alison O’Donnell will return to play Tosh in Shetland alongside new star Ashley Jensen. Picture: Robert Perry

“There will likely be a distinct dynamic with Ruth among the many common characters and another thrilling new characters to get pleasure from. Nonetheless, the integrity of the present and the world that has been created will stay very a lot in tune with the previous seven seasons. It is an actual privilege to be requested to guide this present into a brand new chapter. I am unable to wait to work in Scotland once more. I missed.”

Jensen made his tv debut virtually 30 years in the past, starring reverse Billy Connolly within the BBC drama Down Amongst The Large Boys. Different roles in EastEnders, Might to December, Roughnecks, Clocking Off and Dangerfield adopted.

Nonetheless, she didn’t discover fame till Ricky Gervais forged her alongside him within the sitcom Extras, which was launched in 2005, and gained a task within the American comedy-drama Ugly Betty the next 12 months.

Current roles have included Channel 4 comedy sequence Disaster, BBC dramas Belief Me and Love, Lies & Information and Gervais’ hit Netflix comedy-drama After Life.

Alison O’Donnell performs DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh in Shetland. Picture: Mark Mainz

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, stated: “Ashley is a massively completed and well-loved actress who is thought internationally. We will not wait to welcome her to the Shetland household when filming begins within the spring.”

Kate Bartlett, govt producer for Silverprint Photos, which makes Shetland for the BBC, stated: “We’re so excited that Ashley will likely be main this new sequence of Shetland alongside Alison O’Donnell. They are going to be an fascinating duo in Paul Logue’s compelling new model. It is nice to have the chance to do one other sequence with such unbelievable Scottish expertise.”

Ashley Jensen has been forged because the lead within the BBC crime thriller sequence. Picture: Amy Sussman/Getty Photos
Douglas Henshall give up after seven seasons with Shetland in September.
Alison O’Donnell with Douglas Henshall on the set of Shetland, which completed its seventh season in September. Picture: Mark Mainz/BBC/PA Wire

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