Yes, That Was Jimmy Perez’s Mum With the Shotgun in Shetland Series 8

There’s a good reason that Agnes Moffat might seem familiar.

Anne Louise Ross as Agnes Moffat in Shetland Series 8
Photo: ITV Studios,Screengrab

Warning: contains plot spoilers for Shetland series eight, episode two.

The Shetland islands only have a population of 22,000 – roughly a tenth of the number of people who go to Glastonbury Festival – so up there, you can expect to run into the same faces time and again. It’s no different for Scottish actors on TV. There are only a finite number, and in a long-running series like BBC One’s Shetland, sometimes cast-members get recycled from one role to another.

That’s what happened with Ann Louise Ross, the actor who plays farmer and widower Agnes Moffat in Shetland series eight. We first met Agnes in episode one, when (temporary DI) Tosh is investigating a series of livestock murders. Several of Agnes’ sheep have been found with their throats cut and daubed in their blood with a mysterious symbol.

In episode two, that same symbol is also found tattooed on the body of a young woman who was murdered after fleeing a criminal gang in London. A member of that gang hijacks Agnes’ vehicle and forces her at gunpoint to provide shelter and medical treatment to another criminal, who’s dying from a gunshot wound. Agnes shows her mettle when she confronts the gangsters with a loaded shotgun and alerts the police to their whereabouts, leading to a car chase and eventually, custody.


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