Death In Paradise’s Josephine Jobert addresses if she’ll be staying in BBC show

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Josephine Jobert, 35, made an unexpected return to Death In Paradise as her character Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell this year, after leaving during the eighth series of the programme. However, the French actress teased that her character might not be sticking around for long, as she vowed to keep her future on the show “a secret”.

Maybe, maybe not!

Josephine Jobert

Opening up on whether she would be staying on Death In Paradise permanently, Josephine shared: “I can’t tell you right now, that’s quite secret. Maybe, maybe not!”

The extremely popular crime series is set in Guadeloupe and is now in its 10th season.

France-based actress Josephine previously quit the programme three years ago, after struggling to cope with the amount of travel involved with filming her part.

She explained: “You know, I had all my time on the show with my five years. 

“We were in Guadeloupe for five months. It’s great, but it’s quite long, and being away from everything and friends and family, I was struggling a bit. 

“I thought I gave everything I could to Florence and I did everything I could to tell her story,” she added to Hello magazine.

Josephine left the show for her own reasons, as she wanted to focus on different career avenues

She continued: “As an actor, you think, ‘Okay, I want to move on and I want to do new things.’ That’s the reason why, it was nothing dramatic. 

“Nothing went wrong with the show, it was just a personal decision to move on,” she finished.

Death In Paradise began airing on screens back in 2011 and is set on the fictional island of Saint Marie where a host of detectives investigate murders.

Also starring on the programme this season as a Detective Inspector is Ralf Little, who plays DI Neville Parker.

Giving insight into his character’s storyline this season during an appearance on The One Show, Ralf said: “Neville finds himself confronted by this very beautiful, smart woman [Florence Cassell] who he’s not quite sure how to talk to. 

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“She’s incredibly kind and generous and they hit it off and seem to get on really well.

“Plus there are a few extra surprises for people to look forward to.”

Many viewers noted Neville and Florence’s sizzling chemistry and even predicted that there could be romance on the cards for them.

Taking to Twitter to talk about the budding romance, one viewer tweeted: “Is there going to be a romance brewing between Florence and Neville, I hope.”

While one added: “Are we seeing the start of a blossoming romance at the end?”

“Possible romance in the future for Florence and Neville? Opposites attract & everything?” another said.

It comes amid rumours that Ralf could be leaving the show in the near future, with bosses reportedly considering a woman for the lead role going forward.

Producer Tim Key told The Guardian: “Our intention in having the detective solve the crimes [and] it’s to show that that’s sort of the only thing that character can do effectively.

“Because he’s an incredibly broken character, and socially inept. There’s no rule it always has to be a man.”

Death in Paradise continues tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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