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Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Douglas Henshall to leave BBC's Shetland

It has been revealed that Douglas Henshall's portrayal of DI Jimmy Perez in the acclaimed BBC murder mystery series Shetland will be his last. At the conclusion of the seventh season, which premieres this August on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, Henshall will leave Shetland.

Shetland, a Silverprint Pictures production, will return for an eighth season in 2023; a new lead and more casting will be revealed soon.

In the first TV adaptation of the bestselling books by crime author Ann Cleeves, Henshall made his BBC One debut as DI Perez in 2013. Henshall has chosen to leave Shetland, nevertheless, after nine years in the part, in order to look for new acting chances.

Douglas Henshall says: "After series 5 of Shetland, David Kane and I decided we wanted to do two more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez. So series 6 and 7 were commissioned together to give us time to wrap up Perez's story to a satisfactory end. It's been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost ten years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera, and also to spend so much time in Shetland. The Isles were so much a part of our show and of Perez himself. I'll miss him and the place. I wish everyone involved much luck with whatever happens next."

Douglas Henshall's last outing as DI Perez features in a thrilling new six-part series of Shetland which sees the team investigate the mysterious disappearance of a vulnerable young man. The investigation draws Perez into the secret past of a family new to Shetland, revealing an unimaginable threat to the community.

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