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Death in Paradise’s Tahj Miles pays tribute to co-star ‘She’s perfect’

Series 11 of Death in Paradise saw the arrival of new police officer Naomi Thomas played by Shantol Jackson. The newcomer replaced Sergeant JP Hooper Tobi Bakare who decided to leave Saint Marie to spend more time with his wife and children. Naomi was quick to make her mark and she was super keen to impress detective Neville Parker Ralf Little and Florence Cassell Josephine Jobert. BBC fans also seemed to think she could permanently replace Florence who made the decision to leave the island.However speaking in a new interview with her co star Tahj the actress who plays Naomi opened up about how she landed the role.She explained she had originally auditioned for the BBC series in 2018 but got turned down for the role at the time.Despite admitting to balling her eyes out Shantol remained optimistic and last year she finally bagged her dream job on the show.As she recalled her horrific audition with the rest of the cast Tahj paid a sweet tribute to his co star saying she was perfect for the role.Sergeant Naomi Thomas the new face the fan favourite Tahj began.Ill tell you right now I knew wed have to get a new character when Tobi Bakare left I wanted them to get a female.I didnt know until I got the email saying can you do a reading with new actress Shantol Jackson?

They didnt specify whether you had it or not [the job] or whether it was an audition but the fact I was only auditioning with just you I was like shes pretty much got this part.Despite not knowing whether Shantol had been given the role of Naomi the Marlon Pryce star said she was the right person for the role.He continued in his podcast The Table Read Even after our meeting I was like Theres no way theyre not giving her this part I was like shes killed it shes perfect.Before landing the role of Naomi in 2021 Shantol admitted shed auditioned for the show in 2018 but didnt get the part.She went on to add she feels the chemistry perhaps wasnt quite right the first time around.The actress explained after auditioning for the role five times she felt confident shed got the part.

However one day she remembered receiving an email informing her she hadnt been successful.Tahj I wont lie I balled the star explained. I was so devastated and I cried I was like This industry is so awful why am I doing this?Despite the setback a few years later BBC bosses approached Shantol for a different role in the BBC series.She explained she managed to skip through the audition stages and did a chemistry read with the cast.However when it came to reading the script she said things didnt go to plan.The chemistry read with you guys on the Thursday that was hilarious she detailed.There was construction happening next door do you remember? I had to go and ask the guys I was like Could you just stop hammering for like 20 minutes so I can do this tape?

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