Death in Paradise's Kris Marshall

Death in Paradise: Why did Kris Marshall leave? He wants to come back

Who could blame him?!

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Death in Paradise has been led by a number of actors playing different detectives throughout its time on BBC One including Kris Marshall.

When was he on the show, who was his character and why did he leave? We have all the answers for you!

Death in Paradise Kris Marshall
Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall (Credit: BBC)

Who is Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall?

Kris (short for Kristopher) Marshall is 49 years old.

He was born in, Bath, Somerset. However, as his dad was in the RAF, the family moved around during Kris’ childhood, living in Hong Kong and Canada.

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After failing his A-Levels, Kris instead decided on theatre school.

What is Kris Marshall famous for?

Kris shot to fame playing Nick Harper in the long-running BBC Sitcom My Family in 2000.

Playing the sweet but hopeless eldest son Nick, Kris’s onscreen parents were Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker.

After My Family, Kris played the iconic role of Colin Frissell in everyone’s favourite festive flick Love Actually in 2003.

Kris also had a long-running part in the BT adverts from 2005 to 2011.

Who is Kris Marshall married to?

Kris Marshall married his wife, Hannah Dodkin, in 2012.

They have two children – son Thomas and daughter Elsie.

The family live in Bath.

Will Kris Marshall return to Death in Paradise?

Kris joined the cast of Death in Paradise as detective Humphrey Goodman in 2014.

He made his first appearance in the first episode of series 3, where his character had to solve the murder of previous detective DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller).

He starred in the show for three series before leaving the cast in 2017, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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The crime drama films in Guadeloupe, so the cast spend six months at a time away on the island.

As Kris’ children were growing up and starting school, his family could no longer join him during filming. He said this was the reason behind his departure.

However, the dad of two recently told reporters he would love to make a return to the show in a cameo role.

Perhaps we’ll see him in the next series?!

When asked if he’d be up for a return, Kris said: “Unequivocally yes.”

So what episode is airing tonight?

We are now on season 11, episode 3. The arrival of a long-lost brother to a family-run golf club culminates in a body on the course. But a prime suspect with an alibi leaves the team with an impenetrable conundrum.

Tonight’s top guest star is Tamzin Outhwaite.

Death in Paradise airs on BBC One tonight (January 14) at 9pm.

This article was updated on January 14, 2022, to include details of the latest series of Death In Paradise.

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