Who is Archie Hughes in Beyond Paradise?

Jamie Bamber as Archie Hughes in Beyond Paradise: he is wearing a suit and standing in the Ten Mile Kitchen cafe, leaning on the back of a chair and looking quietly thoughtful
(Image credit: BBC)

The Death In Paradise spinoff Beyond Paradise has introduced a whole new batch of characters into the lives of DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) and Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton).

One such figure is Archie Hughes — let's find out a little bit more about him...

Who is Archie Hughes in Beyond Paradise?

Archie is introduced in the second episode of the series as the owner of three local vineyards, and the supplier of wine to Martha's café, Ten Mile Kitchen. However, as he turns up to make a delivery, it's clear that he and Martha know each other from back in the day — and in fact, they were once engaged!

Like Martha, Archie grew up in Shipton Abbott, but moved away with his parents when he was younger. Recently, however, he has returned as a successful businessman with big ambitions — and he's delighted to see Martha back in town as well. When Archie learned that Martha was having trouble pulling together the capital for her café, he suggested that he could join her as a partner in the business. But is his offer strictly a good deed for an old friend — or could handsome Archie be interested in rekindling an old relationship?

Martha (Sally Bretton) and Archie (Jamie Bamber) stand in front of the counter at Martha's café Ten Mile Kitchen. Martha has her hands clasped in front of her, and Archie is casually leaning on the counter.

Martha (Sally Bretton) is reunited with Archie (Jamie Bamber) when she returns to Shipton Abbott (Image credit: BBC)

What else have I seen Jamie Bamber in?

Jamie made his TV debut in ITV drama Hornblower as midshipman (later lieutenant) Archie Kennedy in 1998. His major international breakthrough came in 2003 when he landed the role of Lee 'Apollo' Adama in the remake of Battlestar Galactica.

You might also have spotted Jamie as Jack E Foley in Band Of Brothers, Dr Matt Kendal in Peak Practice, DS Matt Devlin in Law & Order: UK, Kev Allison in The Smoke, Jake Malloy in NCIS, Matthew Wild in Fearless, DCI Tim Williamson in Marcella, Colonel Alexander Coltrane in Strike Back, Sam Wright in Innocent, DCI Martyn Hunter in DI Ray, and Adam Haines in Signora Volpe.

Steven Perkins
Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and whattowatch.com

Steven Perkins is a Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and whattowatch.com, who has been writing about TV professionally since 2008. He was previously the TV Editor for Inside Soap before taking up his current role in 2020. He loves everything from gritty dramas to docusoaps about airports and thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest all year round.