Shetland star Douglas Henshall hints at romance for Jimmy Perez ‘Deserves a break’

Shetland: Douglas Henshall on being apart from family

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The hugely popular BBC crime drama is back with its sixth season. Twists and turns have been at every corner as DI Jimmy Perez continues his investigation on the Shetland islands. But speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show, Douglas Henshall was quizzed on a potential romance developing between the lead character and nurse Meg.

Lorraine expressed her concerns about the detective’s lifestyle, saying: “Poor Jimmy, you know he’s had a hard life as well as dealing with all the murders.

“He’s grief stricken, he needs some happiness and I just wonder if he might be happy with that nice nurse.” 

Murder investigations are currently underway on the scenic North Isles of Scotland and tensions are high.

Lorraine pointed out nobody can be trusted, not even his potential love interest, Meg.

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After the death of both Jimmy’s late wife, Fran and his mother, memories of his past have haunted the detective. 

In previous seasons the detective hasn’t had the most successful relationships. 

Host Lorraine hoped that love could help the character overcome his hardships. 

The Scottish presenter hinted Meg could be the one: “If that nice nurse isn’t a baddie because we don’t know yet, everybody is obviously under suspicion.

“Who knows because she might be a villain, that’s the thing, everybody is under suspicion.”

She continued: “I just quite like him to have a bit of happiness in his life.” 

Although the Shetland detective hasn’t dated since the passing of his wife, season five introduced character Alice (played by Catherine Walker) who shared a kiss with Perez despite the fact she was already married. 

Alice was a newcomer to the Island and although she seemed to know Jimmy pretty well already from the past, Shetland viewers were shocked after a scandals of drug smuggling were uncovered exposing Alice and husband Chris to be at the centre of it all. 

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Actor, Douglas jokingly pointed out not many people want to see his character happy.

He explained: “Well, I mean that’s very kind of you Lorraine, but there are. a lot of people out there who like him miserable.”

The crime actor admitted he is aware people enjoy his sadness due to the messages he receives on social media.

Douglas said: “I’ve been told on social media which, you know, I understand, I get it, you know there is something nice about watching somebody who is as wounded as he is.”

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Reflecting on the characters personal trauma, the actor did agree that a new relationship could bring him happiness.

He said: “After ten years I think he deserves a break and who knows? Meg might be a keeper.”

Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am while Shetland airs Wednesday on BBC One at 9pm.

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