Ardal O’ Hanlon reveals why he’ll never return to BBC drama #DeathInParadise

Death In Paradise fans will watch DI Jack Mooney (played by Ardal O’Hanlon) solve his last case on the island of Saint Marie after the BBC show confirmed in 2019 the actor will be leaving the series. Having been a part of the show for over three years, Ardal has earned a following from the show’s dedicated fans but he’s confessed he has ruled out returning to the fictional island in the future.

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Speaking to press including Express.co.uk, Ardal explained why he decided to step down from Death In Paradise.

Ardal admitted: “With each successive summer it’s harder and harder to leave your family to go away for such a long period of time.

“I don’t think there was anywhere else for the character to go I didn’t want to be pulling the same tricks time after time. 

“The island of Guadeloupe is fantastic, it’s a wonderful place.”

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“But I left no stone unturned in my four summers there discovering the place, getting to know the people, doing everything that was possible within the time we had,” he added.

Ardal was asked whether he would reprise his role if a suitable storyline was devised. 

“I can say definitely not,” he confirmed. “I really feel a real sense of closure as an actor, but also as a person, a real sense of completion. 

“I really felt that in terms of as an acting job it was wonderful and varied and incredibly busy.”

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