Why did Sam Breen leave Brokenwood Mysteries? Many fans wonder why actor Nic Sampson left his role after seven years on the series.

The New Zealand detective drama series returned for its seventh season on March 29th, 2021 on Acorn TV.

The show follows a group of detectives in the fictitious New Zealand town of Brokenwood. One of them is Detective Constable Sam Breen who has been replaced by a new character.

So, why did Breen leave Brokenwood Mysteries? Here is Nic Sampson’s exit from the show explained.

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Why did Sam Breen leave Brokenwood Mysteries?

Sam Breen star Nic Sampson left the detective series to return to the UK, where he lives with his fiancee, Spy has reported.

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The actor has taken a sabbatical leave from the show, the report has added.

Speaking about Nic’s exit, actress Fern Sutherland, who plays Detective Kristin Sims on Brokenwood Mysteries, told the publication:

“Can’t begrudge Nic for wanting to rejoin the love of his life in England. We were all so gutted to lose him because he’s been there from the start, but also so happy for him and his cool new projects.

“I feel so lucky in general with the cast because we all genuinely enjoy each other’s company and still find each other hilarious after seven seasons.”

Apart from Brokenwood Mysteries, Nic is known for his roles in Funny Girls, The Luminaries, Step Dave, among others.

Who is replacing Nic Sampson?

Actor Jarod Rawiri has replaced Nic Sampson as the new character Detective Constable Daniel Chalmers on the show.

Jarod is best-known for portraying Mo Hannah on Shortland Street from 2015 to 2020 and Tuwhare on Colonial Combat in 2019.

In the same interview with Spy, he said: “My character is charming by name and nature.

“Coming into the seventh season, I guess I’m kind of mirroring how it is for my character, coming into a team that is already well established and that has made several seasons of a great show.”

“I’m easing my way in, trying to stay cool about hanging out with all these amazing people. Everyone has been so wonderful and welcoming, even though I split my costume pants on day three of filming and caused utter chaos to the wardrobe department.”

Fans react to Nic Sampson’s exit

It’s safe to say that there are many fans who are sad about Nic’s departure from Brokenwood Mysteries after his seven-year stint.

A lot of viewers hope to see future appearances from the actor.

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