Kris Marshall joins Death in Paradise

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Kris Marshall

Kris Marshall

Kris Marshall has joined the cast of BBC One's Caribbean crime drama 'Death in Paradise', while Ben Miller is set to leave during the third series.

Kris Marshall has joined the cast of 'Death in Paradise'.

The 'My Family' actor will play one of the lead detectives in the new series of the Caribbean crime drama, replacing Ben Miller, the BBC has confirmed.

Kris is set to play an intelligent but hapless detective, Humphrey Goodman, who is stuck in a mid-life rut and moves to the sunny fictional island of Saint-Marie to start afresh.

The actor said: "I am thrilled to be joining 'Death in Paradise' and finding out a bit more about what makes Humphrey tick. Six months filming on a tropical island with an amazing cast and glorious sunshine? What isn't there to love! I might even get myself a parrot!"

Meanwhile, Ben, who has played Detective Inspector Richard Poole for two years, is set to leave the show but his character's exit storyline is being kept under wraps.

He said: "I have absolutely loved my time on 'Death in Paradise' and am sad to be leaving such a successful show, however D.I. Poole has made no secret of his struggle with the Caribbean heat, so I felt now was a good time to put him out of his misery!

"I know Kris will do a superb job and I'm delighted to be handing over the detective baton to him."

The new series of 'Death in Paradise' is due to begin filming on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe next month and will air on BBC One in 2014.

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