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Kris Marshall quits Death in Paradise: 'It all became a juggling mission with my family'

Kris Marshall in Death in Paradise
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A newborn daughter and a son about to go to school were the main reasons Kris Marshall felt it was time to say goodbye to Humphrey Goodman and Death in Paradise

Death In Paradise star Kris Marshall has quit the Caribbean-based detective show, saying he missed his family.

The 43-year-old will be replaced by Father Ted actor Ardal O’Hanlon in the BBC1 series, which is filmed on the island of Guadeloupe.

He told Good Morning Britain: “It’s sad. I have done four years. It’s been an absolutely amazing show. I have loved it. But it’s time to move on and give someone else the chance to enjoy some sun.”

Kris Marshall in Death In Paradise

Kris Marshall in Death In Paradise (Denis Guyenon/BBC/Red Planet Pictures)


He joked of leaving the Caribbean: “I’m still wondering whether I’ve made the right decision.

“I have been filming in London since and there’s a moment when you stand in the freezing coat, in a large puffer jacket, going ‘Why am I not in flip flops? Why am I still not in the Caribbean? What have I done?’”

Marshall’s decision has sparked speculation on social media that he could be in line to take on the role of the next Time Lord, after Peter Capaldi quit Doctor Who.

Kris Marshall (BBC/Red Planet/Steffan Hill)

Kris Marshall (BBC/Red Planet/Steffan Hill)


But the actor said he decided to leave Death In Paradise because he missed his family, whom he took with him to the Caribbean for the first three years of the show.

“We had a daughter this time last year and so bringing her and my son – he’s about to start school – it all became a bit of a juggling mission,” he said.

Ardal will take over from Kris (BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Steffan Hill)

Ardal will take over from Kris (BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Steffan Hill)


“So that was really the reason behind it. So this last series I did do on my own, which was quite tough.”

Marshall said using Skype to communicate with his family back home 'leaves me bereft', adding: “I have to go and drown my sorrows in the bath.”

Ardal O'Hanlon replaces Kris Marshall as top cop in Death In Paradise