Shetland season 7: Douglas Henshall’s final run with star-studded cast

Who is back Jimmy Perez's last hurrah?

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Shetland season 7 is finally here, and it has an amazing cast for Douglas Henshall’s last run of the BBC drama.

Julie Graham is back as Rhona Kelly – hurrah! – and there’s a very famous EastEnders actress too.

So who are the guest stars joining the already familiar Shetland cast in series 7?

Here’s everything you need to know!

Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez in Shetland series 7, he stands in a doorway
The Shetland season 7 cast features Douglas Henshall for the last time (Credit: BBC)

Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez

Douglas Henshall performs his swansong this series.

The Scottish actor announced he was leaving the show earlier this year, saying: “After series 5 of Shetland, David Kane and I decided we wanted to do two more series to complete the story of Jimmy Perez.

“It’s been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost 10 years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera and also to spend so much time in Shetland.”

Viewers probably know him best for playing Nick Cutter in Primeval between 2007 and 2009, and Sergeant William Muncie in In Plain Sight in 2016.

The 56-year-old has also starred in Home, Black Work, Outlander and South Riding.

He is currently filming Palomino, an action-adventure thriller set in Barcelona.

There is life after Jimmy Perez!

Alison O'Donnel as Tosh in Shetland series 7, overlooking a hill
Tosh is played by Alison O’Donnell (Credit: BBC)

Shetland season 7 cast: Alison O’Donnell as DS Alison ‘Tosh’ McIntosh

Series 6 ended with Tosh pregnant, unsure if she wanted to keep the baby.

Of course, the character is now a mum, but struggling to find time to spend with her baby.

Shetland, which she joined in 2013, is her only other significant TV role.

She recently had a small role in the horror film Pet Sematary, based on the Stephen King novel.

Will the actress take over as boss when Jimmy Perez leaves at the end of series 7?

We have an agonising wait to find out!

Mark Bonnar as Duncan in Shetland series 6
Duncan was arrested at the end of series 6 (Credit: BBC)

Mark Bonnar as Duncan Hunter

Mark Bonnar stars as Jimmy’s best friend, Duncan.

He was arrested at the end of last season for confessing to helping his ex in an assisted suicide.

Actor Mark, 53, recently starred as Max McCall in Guilt.

He played D.S. Ben Holt in Paradox, Detective Finney in Psychoville, Dryden in Line of Duty and Colin Osborne in Unforgotten.

The Scottish star has also played Neil in Humans, Chris in Catastrophe and Paul Smith in Quiz.

He’ll soon appear in the hotly-anticipated new ITVX series Litvinenko.

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Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson (Credit: BBC)

Steven Robertson as DC Sandy Wilson

Actor Steven returns as DC Sandy Wilson in the seventh series of Shetland.

The actor, 44, was born and bred in the Shetland Islands and has been acting since he was a teenager.

He portrayed Cuthbert Clare in the 2008 adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Crowley in 2012’s Bletchley Circle.

Steven played Dominic Rook in Being Human, Terrence in Utopia, Robert Oswald in Harlots and Pritchard in Doctor Who.

He recently starred as Mark Bradwell in The Bay.

Shetland, Anne Kidd as Cora, she is in her forensics suit, looking right with a stressed expression
Actress Anne Kidd plays Cora in Shetland (Credit: BBC)

Anne Kidd plays Cora McLean

Anne Kidd plays Cora McLean, the one-woman forensic team who we’d want on our side in a crisis.

She has had a long career across TV and film, starring in the 1979 film The Legend of King Arthur as Igrayne.

Anne has also had small roles in Outlander, One of Us, Doctors and Victoria.

Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez and Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez in Shetland series 7

Erin Armstrong as Cassie Perez

Erin Armstrong, 26, is also back for season 7 of Shetland.

Jimmy shares custody of Cassie with his friend Duncan Hunter, who is Cassie’s biological dad.

Jimmy went on to marry Duncan’s ex.

Actress Erin has also starred as Emma in Glasgow Girls, Mackenzie in World’s End, and Hectorina in Rillington Place.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,Meg Pattison (LUCIANNE McEVOY),
Nurse Meg is played by Lucianne McEvoy (Credit: BBC)

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Lucianne McEvoy as Meg Pattison

Lucianne McEvoy joined the cast last season as a nurse to Jimmy’s father, who had dementia.

Chemistry began to blossom between Jimmy and Meg.

The actress hasn’t done much acting outside of Shetland – her best-known role is probably Tara in NY-LON.

She’ll soon star in A Sunken Place, about a young neurologist who discovers a cure for depression.

Shetland,14-09-2022,6,Donnie (ANGUS MILLER) He sits with his and Tosh's baby playing with a large rubber ducky and smiling
Angus Miller plays Donnie on the show (Credit: BBC)

Angus Miller plays Donnie

Actor Angus Miller plays Donnie, Tosh’s partner and the father of her child.

His best-known role before Shetland was on CBeebies Teacup Travels, so a lot of parents might recognise him!

He also had a guest role on BBC series Guilt last year, opposite fellow Shetland actor Mark Bonnar.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,6,Rhona Kelly (JULIE GRAHAM) she wears a suit and looks into the camera with a stoic face
Actress Julie Graham plays Rhona Kelly (Credit: BBC)

Shetland season 7 cast: Julie Graham plays Rhona Kelly

Julie Graham joined the cast back in 2014 as Rhona and – after a brief hiatus during series 6 – she’s back in series 7!

She’s the tough, uncompromising Procurator Fiscal, and Jimmy’s boss.

The actress, 57, has had an impressive career with a lot of recognisable roles.

One of her most well-known roles is as Mary Gilcrest in the comedy series William and Mary.

Other notable roles include Mandy in Being Eileen, Jean in The Bletchley Circle and Sheron Dawson in Benidorm.

She’s had recent small roles in Doctor Who, Two Doors Down and Moving On.

You might also recognise her from her recent appearance on Ridley, as Anne Marling.

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Anneika Rose stars as Maggie Kean (Credit: BBC)

Anneika Rose plays Maggie Kean

Actress Anneika Rose joined the cast last season, as Maggie Kean, the procurator fiscal who requested that Jimmy be investigated over the death of Donna Killick.

You might recognise her as PS Farida Jatri from Line of Duty, the girlfriend of Jo Davidson.

Other notable roles include teacher Lila Shariff from Ackley Bridge and Natalie from The Field.

She’s soon set to star in the BBC mini-series Crossfire.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,Lloyd Anderson (PATRICK ROBINSON) He stands in a field in overall, with a plain expression
Patrick Robinson plays Lloyd Anderson (Credit: BBC)

Patrick Robinson stars as Lloyd Anderson in the Shetland season 7 cast

Actor Patrick Robinson, 58, joins the cast of season 7 as Lloyd Anderson, an artist who helped Connor learn how to draw.

He’s also in a relationship with Shetland teacher Alison.

The actor is best known as Dr Martin Ashford in Casualty, as DC Jacob Banks in The Bill and as Cameron in Mount Pleasant.

He recently starred in Netflix’s The Last Kingdom as Father Benedict, and as Marcus in the Dawn French series The Trouble with Maggie Cole.

He also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2013, finishing in fourth place.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,Alison Woods (LAURIE BRETT) She stands in a Shetland field, smiling at the camera in a green coat
Laurie Brett joins the cast as Alison Woods (Credit: BBC)

Laurie Brett plays Alison Woods

Actress Laurie Brett, 53, joins the cast as Alison Woods, a local Shetland teacher who leads the search party for Connor.

You’ll probably recognise her as Jane Beale from EastEnders, the long-suffering wife of Ian Beale.

She’s also known as Christine Mulgrew in Waterloo Road, which she starred in from 2012 to 2015.

Laurie has recently starred in Britbox original Traces and in Channel 4 series Deadwater Fell.

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Actor Nicholas Nunn plays Connor Cairns (Credit: BBC)

Nicholas Nunn stars in series 7 as Connor Cairns

Nicholas Nunn stars as Connor Cairns, the missing boy who this season revolves around.

He’s probably best known as Callum from the BBC series Clique.

Nicholas has also starred in BBC One mini-series The Victim and had small roles in London Kills and The Nevers.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,Bryd Fleming (SORCHA GROUNDSELL), She stands outside, looking upset
Actress Sorcha Groundshell plays Byrd Fleming (Credit: BBC)

Shetland season 7 cast: Sorcha Groundsell plays Bryd Fleming

Sorcha Groundshell plays Byrd Fleming, Connor’s girlfriend who is found dead in the second episode.

She also starred in Clique, as Elizabeth Smith.

Sorcha is known for playing June in Netflix’s film The Innocents and Carly McCargill in the Britbox original Crime.

Shetland,Generic Portraits,Rachel Cairns (SHAUNA MACDONALD), she sits in a field looking worried
Actress Shauna Macdonald plays Rachel Cairns (Credit: ITV)

Shauna Macdonald is Rachel Cairns in Shetland

Shauna Macdonald plays Nicholas’ mother Rachel Cairns, she runs a B&B on the Island.

You might recognise her as Jeanne De Mohrenschildt from the popular mini-series 11.22.63.

She’s also starred in Netflix‘s Spinning Out, Hemlock Grove and Rogue.

Who else is in the cast of Shetland series 7?

Most of the regular cast returns to Shetland.

Lewis Howden plays Sergeant Billy McCabe, a reliable and experienced member of Perez’s team.

Conor McCarry plays PC Alex Grant, who made his first appearance in series five.

Andrew Whipp plays Connor’s father, Danny Cairns.

Young actress Lauren Conroy plays Connor’s sister Abbie Cairns.

Simone Lahbib played Jill Stevens in episode two, Danny Cairns’ ex-partner on the force.

She’s probably best known as Katy Lewis from EastEnders.

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Shetland series 7 continues on Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One. Episodes are also available on BBC iPlayer.

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