Ralf Little reveals torrential rain on Death in Paradise set
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Death in Paradise series 10 finished on an emotional note with Sergeant JP Hooper (played by Tobi Bakare) leaving the beautiful island of Saint Marie. However, the BBC has now given fans a first-look at JP’s replacement, Sergeant Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) as they teased the newcomer could be set to cause trouble. Naomi will be joining the team at the Honoré police force from a neighbouring island and despite her lack of experience, she is keen to make her mark.
In the latest season, JP accepted a job offer from Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) to train up young officers on a neighbouring island.
JP agreed and so he, wife Rosie (Rosey Hooper) and their newborn twins left their old life on Saint Marie behind.
When Death in Paradise returns for series 11, viewers are going to meet his replacement, Naomi, who has been described as an “ambitious young sergeant”.
Her character description reads: “[Naomi is] a gifted officer who has arrived from a neighbouring island to join the Saint Marie Police.”
It continued: “But having come from a smaller police force, will her lack of experience get the better of her?”
Actress Shantol is a relative newcomer to the acting world with just a handful of roles under her belt so far. She was in the 2018 film Sprinter which also featured legendary runner Usain Bolt.
She has also been in Idris Elba’s crime film Yardie and was in the short movie Sugar in 2016.
Speaking of her excitement about joining the cast, Shantol said: “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the cast of this fun-filled, entertaining series.”
She continued: “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.”
Executive producer Tim Keys added: “She’s an amazing addition to the team and we can’t wait for the audience to meet Naomi.
Death in Paradise season 10 ended in February 2021, after premiering in January.
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The ending of season 10 ended on a cliffhanger with fans wanting to know whether a romance blossomed between DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert).
Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine) urged Neville to finally admit his feelings for Florence and he finally plucked up the courage to go to her house.
However, Florence was getting ready for a date with an old school friend when Neville knocked on the door.
The final scene teased he was finally about to tell her his feelings as he said: “What I wanted to say was…”
Ralf has also added fuel to the fire during a cast Q&A attended by Express.co.uk back in December.
Speaking about the budding romance, the actor teased: “He is absolutely enchanted by this very beautiful, very charming, charismatic, warm and generous character.
“And, you know, he finds himself very much drawn to her. Where that will go in the series and in future series is anybody’s guess but yes, he’s certainly very taken with her.
“Those two have a real connection in this series and hopefully we’ll get to see where that goes.
“He hasn’t managed to actually do anything about it yet, but we’ll see.”
Death in Paradise is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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