With ITV-confirmed Series 5 of Unforgotten, speculation has begun about which actress will replace Nicola Walker in the hit crime drama.
Viewers were shocked and heartbroken after the fourth series finale last night (Monday March 29).
DCI Cassie Stuart – played by Nicola – died in it after catastrophic injuries in a car accident.
And now fans can’t wait to find out the identity of the new character who will join DI Sunny Khan in the next series.
Who are the favorites for Unforgotten Series 5?
According to online bookmakers BetfairThere are some standout actresses already showing up as favorites to replace Nicola.
The current favorite is Keeping Faith star Eve Myles with 3/1.
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Close behind are Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker (4/1) and former Emmerdale and Line Of Duty star Sian Reese-Williams (6/1).
People like Suranne Jones, Katherine Kelly and Sarah Lancashire follow closely behind.
Angela Griffin and Keeley Hawes are also on the very impressive list of names.
What other names are on the list?
One name to look out for is actress Carolina Main, who plays Fran Lingley on the DC show.
Your chances are 18/1 and Fran gets the job as Sunny’s right-wing wife would be an inside promotion.
The longest chances are for current Line Of Duty star Vicky McClure (40/1) and sex education actress and crown Gillian Anderson (50/1).
Eve Myles is currently wondering the folks in Keeping Faith but has been encouraged to slip into Nicola Walker’s big shoes.
A Betfair spokeswoman said: “Eve Myles is currently wowing people on Keeping Faith but was kicked in Nicola Walker’s big shoes as a 3/1 favorite after her sad death in Unforgotten after the show was refreshed.
“Not Doctor Who anymore, Jodie Whittaker is the second favorite with 4/1.
“Suranne Jones is 8/1 while the amazing Keeley Hawes is 14/1.”
What did ITV say about the new series?
ITV confirmed today (Tuesday March 30th) that the series will return for a new fifth season.
The broadcaster also confirmed that it would link Sunny to a new character yet to be named.
“ITV would like to thank Nicola Walker for the brilliant role of Cassie Stuart in four Unforgotten series that have become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed police dramas on television,” the broadcaster said.
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“Nicola and writer Chris Lang decided that Cassie’s story would end last night …
“… but the unforgotten would continue in the fifth series with a new case and a new ‘partner in crime’ for DI Sunny Khan.”
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