Ciaran Hinds, Archie Panjabi and Anna Chancellor among new cast to star in BBC One drama Shetland

An array of acclaimed acting talent including Ciaran Hinds, Archie Panjabi and Anna Chancellor have joined the cast of BBC One drama Shetland alongside series regulars Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Julie Graham and Mark Bonnar for the new six-part series made by ITV Studios through BBC Scotland.

Published: 9 April 2015
I'm looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland. I came to Scotland a lot in the 70s and 80s in various theatre productions and of course to film Hallam Foe but this is the furthest I've ever been.
— Ciaran Hinds

Starring Douglas Henshall in the lead role of DI Jimmy Perez, BBC One’s Shetland is adapted from Ann Cleeves’ acclaimed crime novels, with filming on the new series already underway in Scotland until the summer. New cast who have joined the drama include Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Rome, Frozen), Emmy award-winner Archie Panjabi (The Fall, The Good Wife), Anna Chancellor (Mapp & Lucia, Downtown Abbey), James Cosmo (Case Histories, Troy), Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall, Luther), Sara Vickers (Sunshine On Leith, Endeavour), Jack Greenlees (Stonemouth, Sunset Song), Jamie Michie (Sunset Song, Game Of Thrones), Mark Cox (Still Game), Kate Donnelly (Still Game, Rab C Nesbitt) and Andrew Rothney (Outlander).

The new six-part series centres on the disappearance of a young man on a ferry crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick. Suspecting foul play, DI Perez and his team begin an investigation which has far-reaching consequences for them all and the local community.

Ciaran Hinds is delighted to join the popular BBC One drama: "I'm looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland. I came to Scotland a lot in the 70s and 80s in various theatre productions and of course to film Hallam Foe but this is the furthest I've ever been.”

Written by Gaby Chiappe (Vera, The Paradise, Lark Rise To Candleford), Robert Murphy (DCI Banks, Meadowlands) and David Kane (Stonemouth, The Field Of Blood, Prime Suspect), Shetland is directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Call The Midwife, The Crimson Field, Vera) and Jan Matthys (In Flanders Field) and produced by Eric Coulter (Case Histories, Taggart). Shetland will be executive produced by Elaine Collins for ITV Studios and Christopher Aird for BBC Scotland.

Elaine Collins, Executive Producer, ITV Studios welcomes the new stellar cast: “Shetland has a magnificent core cast led by Douglas Henshall. In our third series, this time telling one story over six hours, our regulars will be joined by a wonderful group of prominent and talented actors who we feel sure have been attracted by some really exciting scripts.”

This new series of Shetland is part of BBC Scotland's commitment to produce distinctive and reflective Scottish output and complements productions including Stonemouth (BBC Two & BBC One Scotland), One Of Us (BBC One), Sunset Song, Katie Morag (CBeebies), Bob Servant (BBC Four), Murder (BBC Two) and new landmark series Highlands (BBC One).

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