Nina Wadia, 51, has opened up about her apprehension over playing Ardal O’Hanlon’s character DI Jack Mooney’s love interest in Death In Paradise. The former EastEnders actress, who recently joined the BBC show as tourist Anna, told BBC Radio Wales host Carol Vorderman she found it “weird” to work with Ardal due to her love of him as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted.
Carol brought up the situation, as she quizzed Nina about her co-star, saying: “That must be weird, were you a Father Ted fan?
“Because I am obsessed with Father Ted, Dougal.”
The small-screen star agreed, gushing: “Oh my God I am such a Father Ted fan.
“When they told me I’d be playing his love interest I was like, ‘I can’t, it’s Dougal from Father Ted’!”
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Death In Paradise is filmed on the French island of Guadeloupe which is located in the Lesser Antilles – a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea.
Ardal admitted the “heat and humidity” on the island had him sweating most days, which was a big “wake-up call”.
He told the publication: “I had to make a conscious effort to get much fitter and live cleaner out there. Within two days of arriving I realised I wasn’t fit enough for the job. It was a big wake-up call.
“I needed to up my game and have more energy. I started to exercise more, eat healthier and not drink as much.”