Special Christmas Cast of Death in Heaven

Death in Paradise is getting its very first festive special this Christmas after 10 years, but who is part of the cast of the historic episode?

Sure, actor Ralf Little returns as DI Neville Parker, but who else appears in the feature film?

The good news is that some of the show’s beloved favorites are returning, but there’s an exciting mix of new faces too!

Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of Death in Paradise’s Christmas special.

Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell and Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker in Death in Paradise’s Christmas 2021 special (BBC One)

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Death in Paradise Christmas Casting Special – Which Regulars Are Returning?

Ralf Little returns as Neville Parker for the first-ever festive episode of the hugely popular television series.

Joséphine Jobert also appears as DS Florence Cassell.

However, she flies away for Christmas, leaving the team with a murderer on the loose.

Actor Don Warrington is reprising his role as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and can be seen disguised as Santa in preview photos (though he doesn’t look very happy!).

Regular actor Tahj Miles plays Marlon, while Elizabeth Bourgine also returns as Catherine Bordey.

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Don Warrington stars as Santa Claus – aka Commissioner Selwyn Patterson – in the Death in Paradise 2021 Christmas special (BBC One)

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Death in Paradise Christmas special casting – who plays Dwayne?

Fan favorite Danny John-Jules, 61, is back as Dwayne in the all-new Christmas Mystery.

The team is no longer a member while Florence leaves for Christmas, the commissioner decides to enlist a familiar face …

This face is Dwayne Myers. Yes, he’s back!

Alongside Marlon, Dwayne uses his unique style of policing to help investigate the case.

Left to their own devices, the two men struggle over the best course of action to apprehend a suspect.

As the rain falls, tensions rise – but will they realize that they are more alike than they originally thought?

Former Red Dwarf and Strictly star Danny left the show at the end of Series Seven after playing Dwayne from 2011 to 2018.

He left to pursue other adventures, but luckily the door was always left open for him to return.

Danny’s return as Dwayne is believed to be a temporary visit, with Josephine Jobert missing as DS Florence Cassell.

John-Jules said in a statement: “It is always a pleasure to return to the Caribbean.

“I can’t wait to bring Dwayne and this special 10th anniversary storyline to life.”

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Danny John-Jules returns to Death in Paradise as Dwayne (Photo credit: BBC One)

Death in Paradise Christmas special casting – who plays Bliss Monroe?

Elizabeth Tan, 31, joins the cast of Death in Paradise’s Christmas special as Bliss Monroe.

Emily’s fans in Paris may recognize Elizabeth as Li in the first series.

The actress is also known for playing Vera Chiang in The Singapore Grip and Maude in Top Boy.

Other notable roles include Princess Windsor in Waterloo Road, Sulim in The Syndicate, and Penny Anderson in New Tricks.

Of course, soap fans will know Elizabeth Tan for her role as Xin Chiang / Xin Proctor on Coronation Street.

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Elizabeth Tan as Bliss Monroe in the Death in Paradise Christmas Special (BBC One)

Death in Paradise Christmas Special Cast – Mathew Baynton plays Colin Babcock

Mathew Baynton, 41, plays Colin Babcock in the festive episode of Death in Paradise.

Fans of the hit comedy Ghosts will know Mathew from his role as Thomas Thorne, a role he has been playing since 2019.

Other comedic roles include William in Quacks, Sam in The Wrong Mans, and various characters in Horrible Histories.

He is also known for his straight roles as Rex Pope in The Split and Bute Crawley in Vanity Fair.

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Mathew Baynton as Colin Babcock in the party episode (Photo credit: BBC One)

Juliet Stevenson plays Natasha Carlton

Juliet Stevenson plays Natasha Carlton in the Death in Paradise Christmas special.

The 65-year-old actress shouldn’t need to introduce us, she’s been on our screens since 1980!

She is probably most famous for her movie roles, including Bend it Like Beckham, Truly, Madly, Deeply and Emma.

But her television roles range from Flora Matlock in The Politician’s Wife to Catherine Heathcote in Place of Execution and Charlotte in White Heat.

Most recently, she appeared as Lady Cassandra Eltham in Riviera, Carol in Out of Her Mind, and Dorothy Venn in The Long Call.

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Death in Paradise Christmas special cast: Juliet Stevenson appears (Photo credit: BBC One)

Death in Paradise Christmas special cast: Stanley Townsend plays Bruce Garrett

Stanley Townsend stars as Bruce Garrett in the Boxing Day episode of Death in Paradise.

Irish actor Stanley, 60, has been known in film and television and has been acting since the 1980s.

He played Michael Neary in The Whistleblower and Anatol Stolnavich in 24.

Other notable roles include Keown in The Libertine, Henry in Traitors, and Geoffrey Boyce in Informer.

Stanley also played Mike Bowden in The Tunnel.

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Stanley Townsend as Bruce Garrett in Death in Paradise Christmas special (BBC One)

Jocelyn Jee Esien as Zelda Moncrief

Born in Hackney, Jocelyn, 42, is an actress, actress and writer of Nigerian origin.

Comedy fans will undoubtedly know her best for her involvement in the hidden camera show 3 Non-Blondes and her own comedy show Little Miss Jocelyn.

As an actress, she starred in the Hollywood film The Hustle opposite Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.

She also played the role of Carla Langer in The Adventures of Sarah Jane, Daphne in Big School and Mel Watson in Holby City.

Most recently, she played Sharon in the television series Danny and Mick in 2021.

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Jocelyn Jee Esien as Zelda Moncrief in the festive episode of Death in Paradise (Credit: BBC One)

Death in Paradise Christmas special casting: Anthony Calf plays Philip Carlton

Anthony Calf, 62, plays Philip Carlton in Death in Paradise in December.

Film buffs will know him for playing Pip in the 1989 adaptation of Great Expectations, and Fitzroy in The Madness of King George.

Television roles include Digby Geste in Beau Geste, Geoffrey Rivlin QC in White House Farm, William Wickham in Poldark, and Tony in Power Monkeys.

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Death in Paradise Christmas special cast: Anthony Calf portrays Philip Carlton (BBC One)

Tessa Bonham Jones plays Marigold Carlton

Tessa Bonham Jones plays the role of Marigold Carlton.

But you will be forgiven for not recognizing it.

His role in the Death in Paradise Christmas special is one of his very first!

This is the first role of the theater actress on television.

She previously played in a small role as co-worker Lucy in Wonder Woman 1984.

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Tessa Bonham Jones as Marigold Carlton (Photo credit: BBC One)

Death in Paradise Christmas special casting – who plays Rufus Adler?

Tariq Jordan plays Rufus Adler in the special Christmas episode.

The actor is known to have played Hamed in Inspector George Gently, Mr. Yusef in Marcella and Dr. Ali in two episodes of EastEnders.

He played Teddy in Law and Order: UK from 2009-2011, as well as other notable appearances in Holby City, Waking the Dead, The Bill and Doctor Who.

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Former EastEnders star Tariq Jordan joins the cast of Death In Paradise Christmas special (BBC One)

The special Death in Heaven Christmas storyline

The official BBC synopsis tells us that Neville is preparing to travel to Manchester to spend the Christmas holidays with his family.

But his plans are abruptly changed when a billionaire shipping tycoon dies under mysterious circumstances.

We are told that things “only get weirder when a minicab driver in London receives a Christmas card with a disturbing message inside that turns the whole thing upside down.”

For Neville and the team, will this be something they can solve together?

Death in Paradise airs Boxing Day at 7:30 p.m. on BBC One.

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