Death in Paradise cast: Who is Sally Bretton? Who did she play in Death in Paradise?

Death in Paradise is over for another year but luckily the crime drama will return for a tenth series in January 2021 on BBC One. Over the years, there have been several different Detective Inspectors on the island of Saint Marie and countless guest appearances. Sally Bretton starred in seasons five and six of the show alongside Kris Marshall but what role did she play? has everything you need to know.

Who is Sally Bretton?

Sally Bretton is an English actress from Hertfordshire, England.

Death in Paradise viewers will most likely recognise her from her role as Lucy Adams in the BBC sitcom Not Going Out.

She has portrayed the role of Lucy in Not Going Out since 2007, starring opposite Lee Mack, Hugh Dennis and Katy Wix.

Fans may also recognise Bretton from her roles in other British programmes such as Absolute Power, Green Wing and The Office.

In Green Wing, Bretton starred as Kim Alabaster, alongside Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Mark Heap.

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She took on the role of Cat Durnford in Absolute Power in 2003 and Donna in The Office in 2001.

Her other TV credits include Casualty, Lewis, Hotel Babylon, Doctors and Wild West.

Early in her acting career, Bretton appeared in the films Outlaw, Goodbye Charlie Bright and Peaches.

Bretton is also well known for her stage career, appearing in productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, All My Sons and King Lear.

In 2020, she will appear in the role of Margot Wendice in Dial M For Murder at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Who did Sally Bretton play in Death in Paradise?

Sally Bretton starred in Death in Paradise from 2015 until 2017.

She played the character, Martha Lloyd, in season five and season six of Death in Paradise, appearing in five episodes.

Speaking to What’s On TV, Bretton said of her time on the series: “It’s brilliant! Quite frankly it’s amazing out there.

“I was thrilled to bits to be going back after filming one episode last series (season five). It’s stunning and I literally couldn’t complain about anything!”

Martha was the old friend and love interest of London based detective.

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Humphrey Goodman (played by Kris Marshall) who replaced DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) as the detective inspector on the island of Saint Marie.

Throughout the series, he communicates with her over the internet and in season six, she visited Saint Marie to stay and ended up moving in with him for a few weeks.

In episode four of season six, she returned to London, leaving Humphrey heartbroken and in episode five, he visited her in London whilst investigating a murder.

By the sixth episode, Humphrey had declared his love for her and revealed he would leave Saint Marie behind.

In the second half of series six of Death in Paradise, Goodman resigned from his position as Detective Inspector in Saint Marie so he can start a new life in London with his girlfriend Martha.


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Discussing their romance on-screen, Bretton also told the publication: “He’s not very lucky in love, so the audience is rooting for him and hoping this won’t end in disaster or heartbreak.

“I really like Martha because she’s a sensitive, gentle creature and very well matched with Humphrey, it’s sweet.

“She finds a lot of his quirky strangeness and clumsiness really endearing, it makes her giggle.”

Goodman’s post was filled by DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) until halfway through season nine when he was replaced by DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little).

Death in Paradise is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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