Michelle Ryan joins cast of Death in Paradise

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Ex EastEnders star Michelle Ryan has been filming in the Carribbean sun – the actress who played Walford's Zoe Slater for five years is to appear in BBC1 drama Death In Paradise.

"It's very exciting to be a part of this excellent series. I play an actress who is quite a handful with a dark past," explains Michelle. "The action element is always appealing for me and getting to film on the gorgeous island of Guadeloupe was incredible. We had so much fun!"

Michelle isn't the only new cast member joining Death in Paradise. It's also just been announced that former Doctor Who Peter Davison and ex-Friends star Helen Baxendale have filmed roles for the new series, to be shown in 2014.

Earlier this year, fans of BBC1's hit crime drama learnt of the departure of DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller), with former My Family star Kris Marshall replacing him as the new British detective on the Island of Sainte-Marie.

Belinda Campbell, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures, said: "We're thrilled to have another fantastic list of talented guest stars involved for the third series of Death in Paradise. We're very lucky to have such gifted actors and actresses to accompany our equally brilliant regular cast in bringing the twists and turns on the intricate mysteries to life. Hopefully the new series will help bring some Caribbean sunshine to the UK during the cold and rainy winter months!"


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