Bridgerton actor Ben Miller hints at Death in Paradise comeback

Celebrity Catchphrase: Ben Miller jokes about Death in Paradise call

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Ben Miller, who played DI Richard Poole in the first two series of Death in Paradise, recently appeared as the lecherous Lord Featherington in Netflix’s smash hit show Bridgerton. Alongside his recent role in the high-profile period drama, the Armstrong and Miller star can also be seen in ITV’s new crime drama Professor T, and has just written his fifth Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf

Ben, 55, told that “anything’s possible” when he was asked about his character DI Richard Poole’s potential return to Death In Paradise. 

Ben was replaced by actor Kris Marshall, who played Humphrey Goodman on the show, after his character was murdered at the start of Season 3. 

Nevertheless, he was still able to make a comeback in a brief Season 10 cameo, serving as a figment of former partner Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey’s (Sara Martins) imagination. 

However, when asked about a comeback despite his character’s pretty indisputable death, Ben called it all “pretty final”.

He said: “People do sometimes say to me, you know, are you going to come back to Death in Paradise? 

“You know, you saw me murdered with an ice pick stuck in my chest. That’s pretty final. 

“But then I came back in the 10th season as a ghost. So, I mean, anything’s possible. You never know!”

When asked about the latest season of Death In Paradise, Ben responded: “I thought the season was great. I loved the last episode. It was lovely to go back after all these years.

“The show’s been going on all this time and, you know, seeing all the people that I worked with, it was really lovely. 

“Especially in the middle of the pandemic in that summer where it briefly looked like everything was going to be alright. Between the first and second waves. 

“So, yeah, it was really, really life affirming to be there and be filming.”

Ben has since delved back into the world of crime dramas, appearing as the central character in ITV show Professor T, where he plays a genius Cambridge University criminologist with OCD who advises the police on complex criminal matters. 

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Apart from his acting work, Ben has also been busy putting together his latest Christmas book, Diary of a Christmas Elf. 

The father-of-three wrote the books following a conversation with his son.

“When my oldest child was about nine or ten, he started to doubt whether Father Christmas was real,” he explained.

“And I thought, ‘Well I have to write a story that will convince him that Father Christmas is real’.

“So I wanted to write the origin story of Christmas and I wrote a story called The Night I Met Father Christmas about a boy called Jackson (my son’s name is Jackson) who meets him and learns all about how he became Father Christmas.”

After securing a publishing deal, Ben went on to write four more Christmas books, and his latest story, which follows the adventures of Tog the Christmas elf, came out just last week. 

Diary of a Christmas Elf by Ben Miller is out now  (Hardback, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books) to buy for £9.99.

The festive book has been described as “a funny and heartwarming story about the true meaning of gift giving” and also features beautiful illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

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