Sun, sea and suspicious murders - Death in Paradise is far from a holiday.

The popular BBC drama about a collection of fish-out-of-water detectives fighting crime on a tropical island has now been running for a decade.

The fictional paradise of Saint Marie looks like the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself, but the island has become one of the deadliest places in the world.

During 10 seasons there have been more than 70 killings, including one of the lead characters, which have kept the 8 million regular viewers on the edge of their seats.

Four different actors have played the role of the leading detective - Ben Miller, Kris Marshall, Ardal O’Hanlon and Ralf Little - and all had varying reasons for leaving.

Many much-loved former cast members are coming back the the 10th anniversary series, but there are some glaring absences, such as missing Danny John-Jules.

Ralf Little is the leading man right now playing DI Neville Parker
Ralf Little is the leading man right now playing DI Neville Parker

Executive producer Tim Keys says: "The 10th anniversary year of the show does what we wanted it to do – which is celebrate the past, give the audience flashbacks, but drive the show forwards. It’ll be the usual mix of really good storytelling, some heartfelt moments.

"I think it will surprise the audience and show them that it’s not just a series that is resting on its laurels."

To the delight of fans the show has been recommissioned for another two series with plenty more drama to come.

The Royle Family star Ralf Little is currently at the helm playing DI Neville Parker, with Tobi Bakare continuing as Jean-Pierre Hooper, better known as JP.

While Selwyn Patterson (Commissioner Don Warrington) and Elizabeth Bourgine (Catherine Bordey) have remained on the show since the very start.

Here is a look at what happened to the former cast members once they left the show.

Ben Miller - Richard Poole

Ben Miller played DI Poole in the first two series before being killed off
Ben Miller played DI Poole in the first two series before being killed off

Back to where it all began, a sweaty and red-faced Detective Inspector Richard Poole turned up on the tropical island wearing a suit and tie.

He hated living in Saint Marie during the first series but eventually started to put up with island life.

But he met an untimely end at the start of series 3 when he was murdered at a Cambridge University reunion when he threatened to expose an identity theft.

Ben Miller decided to leave the role in 2014 because he wanted to save his relationship - and he was about to become a father.

"Two weeks after I arrived in the Caribbean, Jessica found out that she was pregnant," he revealed.

"I've just got divorced and I've finally met somebody and now I'm on the other side of the world and we're having a baby. That's a proper curveball to be on the end of. So I knew what I had to do to get my wife back – quit Death in Paradise!"

Miller was Lord Featherington in Bridgerton
Miller was Lord Featherington in Bridgerton

The actor rose to fame alongside Pointless host Alexander Armstrong in their comedy sketch show Armstrong and Miller.

Since then he's appeared in the Johnny English films, Primeval, Doc Martin and Upstart Crow.

Most recently, Ben played Lord Featherington in Netflix series Bridgerton, who gambled all his family's money away then won it back.

However, it seems he won't be back for a second season as Featherington entered a room with some unsavoury characters before it was announced he had died.

Despite his pretty conclusive ending on Death in Paradise, Ben will be back as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The actor jumped at the chance to return to the show as he has "unfinished business" with the character, but it remains to be seen how that develops.

Kris Marshall - Humphrey Goodman

Kris Marshall had three series on the show
Kris Marshall had three series on the show

My Family star Kris Marshall took over from Ben Miller at the beginning of the third series.

The forgetful and unorganised DI Humphrey Goodman loved Caribbean life and fell romantically in love with DS Bordey.

After solving a special case in London, DI Goodman decided to stay with new love interest Martha.

Marshall decided to leave the series in 2017 because of the pressure the role put on his young family.

He told Radio Times that he had an agreement in place with his wife Hannah that he would only do the show for a "few years".

"It's something my wife and I discussed three or four years ago," said Marshall.

"When I was first offered the job, my son was six months old and my wife wasn't working, so it was a very easy decision. We decided I would do Death in Paradise for a few years until it became impractical.

"It was always quite a finite thing. I certainly didn't hide it from anyone I work with. I'm going to miss it terribly. There have already been times when I've thought to myself, 'Have I made the right decision?'"

Kris Marshall claims he left Death In Paradise after four years because his son was ‘becoming too Caribbean’
Kris Marshall claims he left Death In Paradise after four years because his son was ‘becoming too Caribbean’

The actor has since appeared in historical drama Sanditon and American comedy-drama Better Things.

In June last year, Kris admitted he had to leave because his son was "becoming too Caribbean".

He told Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain: "I realised that I really had to get my son to school.

"He was becoming a bit too Caribbean - he refused to wear shoes and would only drink coconut water and eat pineapple"

He added: "He was very good on the beach but not so good with Maths and English, so I decided that it was time to get him to school. So the show had to go, really.

"But six months later I'm standing on a film set in a car park in Dagenham thinking at 4 o'clock in the morning thinking, 'Have I made the right decision?'"

Ardal O'Hanlon - Jack Mooney

Ardal O'Hanlon as detective Jack Mooney in Death In Paradise
Ardal O'Hanlon as detective Jack Mooney in Death In Paradise

Jack Mooney was the third man to take over as detective inspector.

After three years it was time for DI Mooney to move on - returning to London with daughter Siobhan instead of going off with love interest Anna.

"I've spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney, solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!" announced Ardal O'Hanlon.

"It's been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors, and crew while discovering a magical part of the world."

Ardal was part of the Death in Paradise team
Ardal was part of the Death in Paradise team

Hinting that the heat may have been behind his decision to go, he added: "It's time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle."

Father Ted actor Ardal has appeared in Doctor Who, Skins and has done stand-up comedy on Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntrye's Comedy Roadshow.

Most recently, he appeared as Eamonn in the second series of Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls.

It doesn't look like DI Mooney is going to be returning to the show anytime soon, as Ardal claimed he felt a real sense of closure with the series.

Danny John-Jules - Dwayne Myers

Danny John-Jules played Dwayne Myers in Death In Paradise
Danny John-Jules played Dwayne Myers in Death In Paradise

Officer Dwayne Myers was a mainstay in the team until he mysteriously didn't turn up at the start of the eighth series.

Dwayne left to go on an epic voyage with his estranged father after they reconnected.

Actor Danny John-Jules said he wanted to leave "on a high" and went on to compete in the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

"I left Death in Paradise because I wanted to get back on stage. I needed a bit more razzmatazz in my life, and then along came Strictly," he told TV Times.

Danny's time on Strictly came to a controversial end and he was eliminated on Week 8 with partner Amy Dowden.

As series 10 returned to screens last week, fans were curious to see why Dwayne doesn't come back for even a cameo.

When one viewer on Twitter claimed Dwayne was missed, Danny replied: "They haven’t missed me since S7."

Danny John-Jules was on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018
Danny John-Jules was on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018

Another claimed they went back through old episodes to find out what happened to Dwayne, to which Danny commented: "And I thought Dwayne was #Baffled."

In reply to another fan, Danny explained where his character could be now.

He wrote: "Dwayne Myers has been sent to Washington to teach the Police how to man a barrier outside a Government Building ..."

But he suggested to another fan how the character could return to the show - alongside another former star.

He said: "Imagine if Dwayne and Fidel came back married.... I mean, you can get away with anything in showbiz!!"

While Danny is not returning for the 10th series, he has sparked speculation of a possible spin-off series with his character.

"I have an idea, but I just need to meet up with the producer, Tony Jordan, to touch base and run it past him," he teased.

Sara Martins - Camille Bordey

Sara Martins was an undercover investigator
Sara Martins was an undercover investigator

Former undercover investigator Camille clashed with DI Poole at the start but became his right hand woman - with there even being a hint of romance.

The detective sergeant then worked with successor DI Goodman and they shared a kiss when she left for an undercover job in Paris halfway through the fourth series.

Actress Sara Martins explained that leaving the show was "tremendously hard" but she wanted to take a risk with a new challenge.

"We wanted to make the best exit, and they didn't want to kill me off, there was no reason to. And who knows? There's always the possibility I can come back," she said.

Sara Martins will be back for the 10th series
Sara Martins will be back for the 10th series

The Portugese actor went on to appear in American Odyssey and Father Brown as well as a host of French films.

She will return to the role of Camille as part of the 10th anniversary specials.

"There are some characters that never leave you and I'm still Camille, wherever I go," Sara said.

"After many years, people still reference and send their love to me as Camille, so it was obvious that I had to go back and the 10th anniversary is the perfect opportunity!

"I want to celebrate the longevity of Death in Paradise. It was life changing for me and I'm so grateful to the show. I feel like I'm going back home with new folks and old, to bring more fun and joy."

Gary Carr - Fidel Best

Gary Carr (left) was part of the team for three series

Protocol-obsessed Fidel left the show after three series when he got promoted to a new job on the neighbouring island of St Lucia.

While the actor himself didn't explain his decision to leave, co-star Kris Marshall explained that it was not a surprise to see him go.

"Yes, of course. Gary's a big part of the show. It wasn't a shock," said Kris.

"It was really sad to see Gary go, but it was also a great opportunity; because what actually happened is we had two new cast members coming in

Kris added: "Gary is a brilliant actor, and he's going to be massive and he's young. He did three series and he wants to move on, I understand where he is coming from. I was just the same when I was younger. He wants to move on."

Since leaving the show, Gary has gone on to have roles in Silent Witness, Inspector George Gently and as Jack Ross in Downton Abbey.

Josephine Jobert - Florence Cassell

Josephine Jobert played Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell
Josephine Jobert played Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell

Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell rose up the ranks during her time on the island.

It seemed like Florence was going to be killed off when she was shot while following fiance Patrice, who was caught up in a murder plot, to an abandoned warehouse.

DI Mooney managed to find her just in time and she survived, but she decided to quit her detective job and leave the island behind.

Denying there was a dramatic reason behind her exit, actor Josephine Jobert explained she left for "personal and professional reasons".

"Nothing dramatic, I swear, everything is fine," she said in a clip posted to Twitter.

"I loved every minute of it and I'm going to miss the show," she continued as she thanked viewers for their love and support.

Josephine is coming back to Death in Paradise
Josephine is coming back to Death in Paradise

Josephine described her decision to leave as being "tough" to make, before thanking viewers for all their "love" and "support".

She added: "Don't stop watching. I promise there are so many good episodes coming and you'll be surprised."

Josephine will also be back for the 10th series, but worries about her character as she had "been through a lot".

After getting a call from the commissioner, Florence doesn't hesitate when deciding whether to return despite her difficult memories.

"She's lost her fiancé... And I was really interested in how she would come back, how is she going to feel... is she going to be okay – I was a bit worried about her, honestly," explained Josephine.

"She's a strong woman. When she gets a call from the commissioner, asking her to come back, I believe she didn't hesitate one second to see the crew again, to see her island, which reminds her of a lot of difficult moments but also lots of wonderful moments she spent with the team. So I was very excited about this and I'm really proud of her."

*Death in Paradise airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm