Shetland: Douglas Henshall on show’s future after his exit
Shetland actor Douglas Henshall has claimed it is difficult to find a role as a “57-year-old white man”.
Douglas has left behind his Shetland character to play villain Daniel Lang in Netflix’s thriller Who Is Erin Carter?
In his first post-Shetland interview, Douglas told Radio Times: “Baddies are just fun to play. It’s always fun to pretend to be firing a gun. It’s quite childhood-inducing.”
While the role was a welcome change, he said he didn’t deliberately seek the part of a villain.
“It’s very difficult to make conscious decisions about what you’re going to do when you’re a 57-year-old white man. There aren’t so many roles around for me any more,” he added.
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“I think that’s just a fact of getting older. People are looking for younger actors these days.
“There’s a degree of, ‘I’ve been offered that, I’m grateful for the job, I’ll go and do it.’”
Shetland fans were heartbroken when they discovered Douglas was leaving the BBC series.
However, it was not long before his replacement was announced. Hollywood star Ashley Jensen will appear in series eight as DI Ruth Calder.
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The new series sees Met Police DI Calder return to her native Shetland to retrieve a vulnerable witness to a gangland murder.
The After Life actress, who hails from Scotland, had never been to the islands before she arrived for filming in April.
She told the BBC earlier this year: “The view I had when I came into land was just like nothing I’d ever seen before. I think I was a bit dumbfounded.
“I’m a bit of a talker but it shut me up. I just soaked in this landscape.”
When the announcement was made about Ashley replacing Douglas, she said she had “big boots to fill”.
“I almost can’t think about it too much because I would get the fear,” she explained at the time.
“I’ve tried to look at it as a new project for me and it’s a new world because people predominately know me for a lot of comedy that I’ve done.”
Douglas Henshall’s full interview is available to read in this week’s Radio Times.
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