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Death in Paradise star Ardal O’Hanlon quits after three years as DI Jack Mooney

Mirror logo Mirror 09/10/2019 Mark Jefferies

Ardal O’Hanlon has quit Death in Paradise after three years solving murder mysteries in the Caribbean sunshine as DI Jack Mooney.

Mooney makes his final appearance in series nine of the BBC1 drama starting in January – though it has not been revealed how and why he leaves.

Ex-Father Ted star Ardal, 54, will continue with stand-up and other projects. He said: "I've spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!)

Ardal O'Hanlon, Josephine Jobert looking at a computer: He will make his final appearance in series nine as DI Mooney © BBC He will make his final appearance in series nine as DI Mooney "It's been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world.

"However, it's time to move on and explore other opportunities - preferably nearer the Arctic Circle."

"I'm confident that Death In Paradise will go from strength to strength and viewers will share my enthusiasm for Jack's successor!" he added.

Ardal O'Hanlon looking at the camera: Ardal O’Hanlon has quit Death in Paradise after three years © BBC Ardal O’Hanlon has quit Death in Paradise after three years

He first appeared in the show in 2017, when the Caribbean police team followed a lead to London and ended up taking him back to the fictional island of Saint Marie.

Executive producer Tim Key said: “We will all miss him enormously. His story isn’t over yet – viewers will have to see how, why and when Jack Mooney leaves, but I don’t think there will be a dry eye in the house.”

Death In Paradise, which is set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, launched in 2011 with Ben Miller in the lead role.

Kris Marshall posing in front of a palm tree: Kris Marshall took over for series three to six © BBC Kris Marshall took over for series three to six

Kris Marshall took over for series three to six, then Ardal joined the show for the sixth season. DI's Mooney exit storyline has not been revealed.

Tommy Bulfin, commissioning editor, BBC Drama, said: "We will be sad to say goodbye to DI Jack Mooney when the time comes, our audiences have loved the joy and humour he has brought to the Saint Marie police force over the last four series.

Ardal O'Hanlon wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Ardal joined the show for the sixth season © FilmMagic Ardal joined the show for the sixth season "Everyone at the BBC would like thank Ardal for his time on Death In Paradise but it's not the end just yet; as one door closes another one opens, and we are very excited about what's to come in the next chapter."

*Death in Paradise returns on BBC One in January 2020

Gallery: Death in Paradise's most shocking cast changes (Hello Magazine)

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