Since it arrived on our screens in 2011, Death in Paradise has proven to be a welcome winter treat, offering some much-needed sunshine and sea in the cold winter months.

Now into its 11 series, the murder mystery has a well-established group of main characters but still manages to keep things feeling fresh as it welcomes a host of guest stars in each new episode.

But just who is set to appear alongside Ralf Little and the gang in the cast of Death in Paradise season 11, episode 1?

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Death in Paradise season 11 episode 1 release date and plot

Episode 1 of Death in Paradise season 11 arrives on BBC One at 9pm on Friday, January 7th, 2022.

Following on from the festive Christmas Special, life returns to normal on Saint Marie, meaning there’s another murder to solve for DI Neville Parker and the team as a kidnapping goes wrong, with someone ending up dead as a result.

To help cope with the sky-high murder rate on Saint Marie, the Honoré Police Force welcomes a new recruit in the form of Sergeant Naomi Thomas.

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Death in Paradise season 11 episode 1 cast

As ever in Death in Paradise, the series 11’s first episode welcomes back its main cast while also introducing us to a host of guest stars and a notable new arrival.

Main cast

  • Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker
  • Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell
  • Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson
  • Tahj Miles as Trainee Officer Marlon Pryce
  • Elizabeth Bourgine as Catherine Bordey

Guest stars and new arrival

  • Shantol Jackson as Sergeant Naomi Thomas
  • Petra Letang as Mia Taylor
  • Karise Yansen as Clarissa Taylor
  • Aron Julius as Jason Clarke
  • Jake Fairbrother as Gabriel Taylor
  • Marcus Onilude as Otis Benjamin
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Guest star spotlight

Shantol Jackson as Sergeant Naomi Thomas

Joining the ranks of the Death in Paradise cast in season 11 is Jamaica-born Shantol Jackson who takes on the role of new sergeant, Naomi Thomas.

Jackson only made her acting debut in 2016 and only has a handful of roles to her name including appearances in the Idris Elba-directed film Yardie and the 2018 sports drama Sprinter.

Sergeant Thomas will be determined to prove her worth to the team but the hard-working new arrival could prove potentially troublesome for the easy-going Marlon.

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Petra Letang as Mia Taylor

London-born Petra Letang joins the Death in Paradise cast as Mia Taylor in episode 1.

The actress has been appearing on our screens since the late 1990s and has had notable roles in EastEnders, Holby City, People Just Do Nothing and single-episode appearances in Jonathan Creek and Enterprice.

Karise Yansen as Clarissa Taylor

Another Enterprice actress to appear in episode 1 is Karise Yansen who takes on the role of Clarissa Taylor.

The actress began studying musical theatre at the age of just 14 and only made her on-screen debut in 2020 as Yarne in the aforementioned Enterprice. Other credits for the actress include In the Case of Lily and the 2021 film Wolf.

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Aron Julius as Jason Clarke

Aron Julius is another actor with just a handful of roles to his name as his past credits include appearances Puppy Love, DCI Banks and Moving On.

Jake Fairbrother as Gabriel Taylor

Jake Fairbrother takes on the role of Gabriel Taylor in episode 1.

The actor may only have 11 credits to his name but his previous acting roles include appearances in Strike Back, City of Tiny Lights and most notably the Bond film Skyfall, where he played one of Silva’s villainous mercenaries.

Marcus Onilude as Otis Benjamin

With 19 acting roles to his name according to IMDb, Marcus Onilude is arguably the most-experienced guest star in episode 1 as he plays the scarred Otis Benjamin.

Previous appearances for the actor include ITV’s Primeval, BBC comedies Defending the Guilty and Ghosts as well as Apple TV+’s smash hit Ted Lasso where he appears as a journalist coincidentally named Marcus.

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Death in Paradise season 11 begins on BBC One at 9pm on Friday, January 7th, 2022.

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