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Death in Paradise is the beloved BBC crime-drama that will begin filming its 11th series later this year. Over the years many famous faces have made guest appearances in the long-running show including Notting Hill’s Tony Armatrading. Sadly, Armatrading’s death was announced on Monday, May 10 and his fans want to know everything about him. Who did Tony Armatrading play in Death in Paradise? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Who did Tony Armatrading play in Death in Paradise?

Tony Armatrading starred in season five, episode four of Death in Paradise in 2016.

He played the role of Dr Ivann Tate in the episode which was titled A Personal Murder.

In the episode, Dwayne attended the funeral of his old mentor, Cedrick (Trevor A Toussaint)and was left spooked when he received a text from Cedrick which read: “I was murdered.”

Dr Ivann Tate was the coroner on the island of Saint Marie, who initially ruled Cedrick died of natural causes.

However, this is Death in Paradise and never is as straight forward as it seems.

The synopsis for A Personal Murder reads: ” The team must solve a deeply personal case when Dwayne’s old mentor is found dead and a text message from beyond the grave says it was murder.

“DI Goodman tries to unleash his inner gourmand.”

To see Armatrading in Death in Paradise, you can stream and download the episode now via the BBC iPlayer.

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In the episode, Armatrading starred alongside Burt Caesar as Father Floyd Lunch, Joan Hooley as Mrs Garcia, Nimmy March as Ottilie Dubois, Gary McDonald as Temmy Verga and Trevour A Toussaint as Cedrick Verga.

He also appeared opposite the show’s regular cast: Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman, Danny John-Jiles as Officer Dwayne Myers, Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper.

Who is Tony Armatrading?

Born in Birmingham in 1961, Tony Armatrading was the younger brother of Grammy and Brit-nominated singer, Joan Armatrading.

His first major acting role was in Measure for Measure at the National Theatre.

He then went on to tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Armatrading is best known for playing James in Colour Blind in 1998 and Carlton in Empire Road, Britian’s first all-black drama series.

Death in Paradise viewers may also recognise Armatrading from his role as Josh Jones in BBC’s Angels.

He also appeared in The Bill, Eastenders Brookside, The Philanthropist, NCIS, Monk, Sheena, Providence and co-starred in the final episode of Prison Break.

He is also well known for playing a customs officer in 1997’s The Saint and the iconic security guard in Notting Hill.

His final on-screen appearance was in the TV series Hawaii Five-0 in 2020.

He sadly died on Monday, May 10 after a battle with cancer. He was 59-years-old.

Fans and close friends of Armatrading posted moving tributes to the late actor online.

The Archers star Tim Bentinck posted a photograph of Armatrading’s wife Suzan Crowley, their dog Dash and Armatrading around his hospital bed.

Bentinck tweeted: “Very sad news. My dearest friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.

“I had the privilege of being his best man and loved him dearly. He was a wonderful actor and a true friend. This pic of him with Suzy and Dash [was] taken last night.”

One fan tweeted: “Condolences to Tony Armatrading’s friends and family. I will always remember he was an actor I could relate to if I saw him on screen or heard his voice.”

A third fan said: “So sorry to hear this. Very sad news indeed. Thinking of Tony’s family & friends.”

Death in Paradise is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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