Death in Paradise cast: Who is Nina Wadia? Who did she play in Death in Paradise?

Over the past nine years of Death in Paradise, there have been several different Detective Inspectors on the island of Saint Marie and countless guest appearances. Nina Wadia starred in the latest series alongside Ardal O’Hanlon. has everything you need to know about her time on Death in Paradise.

Who is actress Nina Wadia?

Nina Wadia is a 51-year-old actress from Bombay, India.

Death in Paradise may recognise Wadia from Eastenders, where she played Zainab Masood from 2007 until 2013.

Wadia is also well known for her role as Mrs Hussein in the Open All Hours spin-off series Still Open All Hours.

She is best known amongst international audiences for her role as Bebo Malhotra in the Hindu-language romantic comedy Nasmastey London.

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In Namastey London, she starred opposite Rishi Kapoor.

Her other film credits include I Can’t Think Straight, Code 46 and Sixth Happiness.

Wadia’s breakout role was in the BBC sketch show, Goodness Gracious Me.

Throughout her career, she has made several guest appearances in various British comedies and dramas including The Vicar of Dibley, Holby City, Doctor Who, Murder in Mind and Doctors.

She was also a regular presenter on the ITV chat show, Loose Women from 2005 until 2006.

In 2017, Wadia appeared as Khadija in the British romantic comedy, Finding Fatimah and in 2019 she played the role of Zulla in the live-action remake of Aladdin.

Most recently, Wadia appeared in the TV series Origin as Venisha Gupta.

In Origin, she starred alongside Tom Felton and Natalia Tena.

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Who did Nina Wadia play in Death in Paradise?

Nina Wadia starred in season nine of Death in Paradise.

She played the character of Anna, a tourist on the island of Saint Martie who quickly became the love interest of DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon).

With viewers aware O’Hanlon was leaving Death in Paradise during season nine, fans hoped his exit would surround his feelings for Anna.

However, DI Jack Mooney did not decide to travel the world with Nina and instead, returned home to London.


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Speaking to C BBC Radio Wales host Carol Vorderman, Wadia said she found it ‘weird’ to work with O’Hanlon as she was such a fan of his work.

She said: “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!”

Wadia also described acting alongside O’Hanlon, Don Warrington and Ade Edmonson as “comedy heaven.”

Death in Paradise is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now

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