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Shetland’s Ashley Jensen ‘appreciates Scotland’s culture more’ after travelling

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Shetland’s newest addition Ashley Jensen appeared on ITV’s This Morning on Wednesday to promote the new season of the crime show.

The Hollywood star has taken over from fellow Scot Douglas Henshall and will well and truly have the reins of the hugely popular BBC show when the latest series hits screens on Wednesday after DI Jimmy Perez bowed out following seven seasons.




Now, the star – who hails from Annan, Dumfries and Galloway – has praised Scotland’s culture, admitting that it took her to travel the world to appreciate her home country.

She told Rylan and Josie Gibson: “You never go to what’s on your doorstep, and I sometimes think it takes you to go away and travel the world a bit and see other places and then come back and go, this is amazing.

“The [Scottish] landscape and the culture, the colours, the music and the tatty scone and the square sausage.”

The Ugly Betty favourite will take over the lead role and a fresh new chapter in the show.

Teasing her new character, DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander who returns to the Isles after 20 years working for the Met in London.

She said: “She doesn’t smile much. It’s a really great part for me to play because predominantly I’ve done a lot of comedy and when I was sent this script, the first episode was just amazing and it blew me away.

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