Shetland Series 8 Cast – Meet Ashley Jensen and the New Characters

Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan and stars from Holby, Casualty, Doctor Who and more join the cast of Shetland for series 8

Alison O'Donnell and Ashley Jensen in Shetland S8
Photo: ITV Studios,Jamie Simpson

After DI Jimmy Perez deliberately sacrificed his career in the name of justice (if not the law) and went off to pastures new with nurse Meg at the end of series seven, Shetland now has a new sheriff in town. Sort of.

While DS Tosh performs the duties of acting DI at Lerwick Police Station, detective Ruth Calder has come up from London in search of a missing witness in a serious crime case. It just so happens that Calder is an old Shetlander who left the islands as a teenager and was glad to be rid of the place, where she’s confronted by some old ghosts.

Ugly Betty and Agatha Raisin’s Ashley Jensen plays Calder, along with a new guest cast of Scottish stars as well as Shetland’s returning favourites. The latter includes Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh, Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson, Conor McCarry as PC Alex Grant, Lewis Howden as Sgt Billy McCabe, and Anne Kidd as pathologist Cora McLean.

Find out more about the new and guest cast below.


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