Danny on why he's not filming in the Caribbean this year, and plans for a Dwayne Myers spin off!

Danny John-Jules is currently wowing us on the Strictly dance floor, but Death in Paradise fans were upset to hear he wouldn’t be reprising his role as Officer Dwayne Myers when the series returns in January. Danny, who has starred in the sun-soaked crime series since it began in 2011, decided it was time to park his famous motorbike and leave the Caribbean behind. But why?

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Talking to TV Times, former West End star Danny reveals he wanted to get back to his first love: performing live. “I left Death in Paradise because I wanted to get back on stage,” explains Danny, who was part of the show’s original line-up alongside Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole and Sara Martins as DS Camille Bordey. “I needed a bit more razzmatazz in my life, and then along came Strictly!

“I haven’t done a show for more than 20 years, so this is as close as I’m going to get to doing the jazz hands again. I’ve also been working on my one man show about Sammy Davis Jnr, that’s why I’m always wearing a bowler hat! My mate does a Nat King Cole act, and there’s a lot of those kinds of shows around.”

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It might not be the end for Saint Marie shirker Dwayne though, as Danny reveals he’s got plans to pitch a new TV show… “I’d actually like to do a Death in Paradise spin-off with Dwayne, even if it were just a one-off special,” he teases, getting our hopes up.

“I have an idea, but I just need to meet up with the producer, Tony Jordan to touch base and run it past him…”

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