Entertainment: Shetland fans 'in bits' over Jimmy Perez's final outing as replacement is hinted

Glasgow actor Douglas Henshall to depart popular BBC crime drama Shetland

  Glasgow actor Douglas Henshall to depart popular BBC crime drama Shetland The Glasgow-born actor debuted the role of DI Jimmy Perez on BBC One in 2013 in the first TV adaptation of the award-winning novels by crime writer Ann Cleeves. After nine years in the role, Henshall has made the decision to depart Shetland at the end of its seventh series, which begins this August, to explore other acting opportunities. The crime drama, which also features Scots actors Alison O'Donnell and Mark Bonnar, will return for an eighth series in 2023, with a new lead and further casting to be announced in due course, the BBC confirmed.

Fans were emotional by Perez’s departure (Picture: BBC) © Provided by Metro Fans were emotional by Perez’s departure (Picture: BBC)

Shetland fans were devastated to see Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) bid farewell to his life as an officer in the Scottish island.

The Glasgow-born actor announced he was quitting the blockbuster BBC series in July after nearly a decade in the iconic role back in July.

The detective found himself investigating a bunch of grisly murders and crimes after moving to the remote isle to start a new life with his young daughter.

In the final episode of the seventh season, which aired on Wednesday, Perez managed to tie up loose ends by stopping an eco-terrorist attack by a protestor threatening to implode a homemade bomb.

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Perez also arrested Alison Woods (Laurie Brett), who had killed to protect her lover, while also stopping American Lloyd Anderson (Patrick Robinson) from being handed the death penalty in his home country.

Fans flocked to Twitter to comment on the ending, with many heaping praise on the crime drama for being ‘very consistent in a world awash with crime dramas.’

‘Just watched the last ep of #Shetland Magnificent. I am in bits,’ a viewer wrote.

Douglas was in the role for nearly a decade (Picture: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz) © Provided by Metro Douglas was in the role for nearly a decade (Picture: BBC/Silverprint Pictures/Mark Mainz)

A Twitter account added: ‘Cheers #Perez. God I am in tears tonight after watching #Shetland! @djhenshall you have been terrific as #Perez, feel like I’ve lost a friend.’

A crime drama lover penned: ‘Just the right ending.#Shetland.’

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Another said: ‘The end of an era. Pérez will be missed @djhenshall#Shetland.’

Perez will be missed by fans (Picture: BBC/ITV Studios/Silverprint/Mark Mainz) © Provided by Metro Perez will be missed by fans (Picture: BBC/ITV Studios/Silverprint/Mark Mainz)

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Meanwhile, Perez teased it would be Tosh (Alison O’Donnell) filling his boots, with the upset officer telling him: ‘I’m not sure I can do this without you.’

‘Tosh, you’re ready, trust me,’ Perez reassured his colleague.

Shetland is available to watch on BBC iPlayer and BritBox.

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