Josephine Jobert admits ‘I wanted to take care’ of Ardal O’Hanlon on Death In Paradise set

Josephine Jobert admits ‘I wanted to take care’ of Ardal O’Hanlon on Death In Paradise set

Death in Paradise: Neville speaks about being away from family

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Josephine Jobert, 35, has claimed she was like a “mum” to her co-star Ardal O’Hanlon, 55, and was “protective” of him while on set. The Death In Paradise actress said her colleague is “the sweetest” and is always “respectful” to the crew members while filming on the show.

He’s like a dad!

Josephine Jobert

Josephine shared: “Ardal is the sweetest. He’s adorable, so sweet and calm, and respectful – he’s like a dad!

“I felt like I was more like a little mum to him, I wanted to take care of him and make sure that he was fine and had everything he needed,” she added to Hello Magazine.

Josephine joined the crime series six years ago as Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell, before taking a hiatus during the eighth series in 2019.

She said at the time in a video uploaded to BBC: “I quit the show for personal and professional reasons.

“Nothing dramatic, I swear, everything is fine.

 “I loved every minute of it and I’m going to miss the show.”

Ardal appeared in the show as lead investigator DI Jack Mooney, after Kris Marshall’s departure, before stepping down from the programme last year.

Josephine has since returned to the programme for this season alongside Ralf Little, who plays DI Neville Parker.

The show is set on the fictional island of Saint Marie where a host of detectives investigate murders.

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] who he’s not quite sure how to talk to. 

“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.”

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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 Friday at 9pm on BBC One.

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