Meet the cast of Shetland season eight! Ashley Jensen joins as new detective DI Ruth Calder while Alison O'Donnell returns... after lead star Douglas Henshall left the show

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The highly-anticipated eighth bid of nan execution enigma Shetland is backmost connected BBC tonight.

Following season seven's cliffhanger finale, nan long-awaited play 8 of Shetland is group to aerial coming astatine 8pm connected BBC One, arsenic good arsenic becoming disposable to watercourse connected BBC iPlayer.

Season 8 of nan show, based connected nan novels by best-selling writer Ann Cleeves and filmed crossed Shetland earlier this year, travel detectives connected nan way of a susceptible witness, Ellen Quinn, to a London gangland murder.

It will beryllium the first play without Douglas Henshall, who played DI Jimmy Perez for 7 series, and nan show will beryllium anchored by Alison O'Donnell arsenic DS Tosh McIntosh and caller summation Ashley Jensen, who will play DI Ruth Calder. 

DI Ruth Calder is simply a autochthonal Shetlander who returns to nan isles aft a 20-year stint successful London, but who other will she beryllium joined by connected nan land this season? 

Long awaited: The highly-anticipated eighth bid of nan execution enigma Shetland is backmost connected BBC One coming astatine 8pm 

Exit: It will beryllium nan first play without Douglas Henshall, who played DI Jimmy Perez for 7 series

Ashley Jensen arsenic DI Ruth Calder   

Ashley Jensen, 54, will return complete nan starring domiciled arsenic nan characteristic DI Ruth Calder aft Douglas Henshall near nan show.

Her character's 20 years moving for nan Metropolitan Police successful London person travel to an end, pinch nan DI now returning to her autochthonal Shetland islands. 

According to The Radio Times, Ashley said up of her debut: 'It's a existent privilege to beryllium asked to lead this show into a caller chapter.

'There will beryllium a different move pinch Ruth amongst nan regular characters and a fewer much caller absorbing characters to enjoy.'

'However nan integrity of nan show and nan world that has been created will stay very overmuch successful nan aforesaid reside arsenic nan past 7 seasons,' she added.

Prior to joining nan BBC crime series, Ashley became a world sensation erstwhile she joined nan formed of American TV drama play Ugly Betty as Christina McKinney successful 2006.

She has since appeared in Extras, Catastrophe and Ricky Gervais' After Life.

New addition: Ashley Jensen will return complete nan starring domiciled arsenic nan characteristic DI Ruth Calder, a autochthonal Shetlander returning to nan land aft 20 years astatine nan Metropolitan Police successful London 

New face: According to The Radio Times , Ashley said up of her debut: 'It's a existent privilege to beryllium asked to lead this show into a caller chapter' 

Alison O'Donnell arsenic DS Alison 'Tosh' McIntosh

Following nan exit of DI Jimmy Perez, his right-hand woman, DS 'Tosh' McIntosh (Alison O'Donnell) has nan opportunity to measurement up and return complete from her mentor.

Joining DI Ruth Calder connected nan way of a susceptible witnesser Ellen Quinn, Tosh is forced to region her investigation into a drawstring of sinister animal deaths successful Lerwick to thief Calder find Ellen earlier it's excessively late.

Before joining Shetland successful its first play successful 2013, Alison starred successful chiefly theatre productions, including Boys, The Hard Man, Eigengrau, and Yerma.

On nan mini screen, O'Donnell had insignificant roles successful BBC tv productions Feel nan Force (2006) and Holby City (2012), according to IMDb. 

Stepping up: Tosh, played by Alison O'Donnell (left) is forced to region her investigation into a drawstring of sinister animal deaths successful Lerwick to thief Calder (right) find Ellen earlier it's excessively late

Steven Robertson arsenic DC Sandy Wilson

Steven Robertson, 46, has besides returned to Shetland arsenic 1 of nan series' main characters, Detective Constable Sandy Wilson. 

Sandy is simply a dedicated detective pinch a beardown consciousness of correct and wrong, but successful play six, his feelings for Kate Kilmuir occasionally clouded his judgement and sewage him into trouble.

His knowledge of nan section area and organization made him a cardinal personnel of nan team. 

Actor Steven grew up successful nan mini colony of Vidlin successful nan Shetland Islands, returning to his spot of commencement to movie nan bid arsenic nan only formed personnel calved and brought up connected nan islands.

Before joining nan show, he played characters successful galore TV dramas, including Luther, Channel 4's Being Human and British conspiracy thriller Utopia. 

Dedicated detective: Steven Robertson returns to Shetland arsenic 1 of nan series' main characters, nan dedicated Detective Constable Sandy Wilson 

What different main characters are returning?   

Hope Spring prima Lewis Howden returns arsenic Sgt Billy McCabe and Anne Kidd, who starred successful The Jacket (2005) and The Legend of King Arthur (1975), returns arsenic aesculapian Doctor Cora Mclean.

The brace will beryllium joined by Shetland regulars Angus Miller arsenic Donnie, Conor McCarry arsenic PC Alex Grant and Eubha Akilade arsenic PC Lorna Burns.

Police chief: Hope Spring prima Lewis Howden (pictured: acold right) returns arsenic Sgt Billy McCabe

Doctor calls: Anne Kidd, who starred successful The Jacket (2005) and The Legend of King Arthur (1975), returns arsenic aesculapian Doctor Cora Mclean 

Will location beryllium immoderate notable impermanent stars?

The eighth play will spot a number of notable impermanent stars featuring passim various episodes, including Phyllis Logan, who antecedently had roles connected Guilt and Downton Abbey.

Eastenders star Don Gilet, who joined nan BBC soap successful 2008 arsenic serial slayer Lucas Johnson, is besides group to look successful play 8 of Shetland.

Also joining will beryllium Jamie Sives (Guilt, Annika), Dawn Steele (Holby City, Granite Harbour), Ann Louise Ross (River City, Katie Morag) and Lorraine McIntosh (Outlander, My Name is Joe).

The first section of Shetland play 8 will aerial coming astatine 8pm connected BBC One and disposable to watercourse connected BBC iPlayer. 

Cast: Eastenders prima Don Gilet, who joined nan BBC soap successful 2008 arsenic serial slayer Lucas Johnson, is besides group to look successful play 8 of Shetland arsenic a impermanent star


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