Will Anna Friel return as Marcella Backland?

The third Marcella series ended tonight (Tuesday March 2, 2021) with an explosive two-bill finale – but will there be a fourth series from Marcella?

Will Anna Friel be back as a damaged policewoman suffering from life-threatening joint conditions?

Here’s everything we know so far …

*** WARNING: MARCELLA SERIES THREE AHEAD SPOILERS ***


The eighth episode of the third series began with Marcella / Keira and a corpse in a trunk (Credit: ITV1).

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Will there be a fourth series from Marcella?

Viewers who want to see more of Marcella will have to wait.

ITV has not yet confirmed whether the series will return.

Although we have a strong feeling that Anna Friel will be back as Marcella in 2022.

According to actress Anna Friel, the crime drama should always be a trilogy, but a return after season three is possible.

Before the start of the UK season, Anna said: “The end of season three is still open.

“I think it depends on how much the audience likes it.”

Keira and Finn in Marcella
Anna Friel as Keira / Marcella Backland and Aaron McCusker as Finn in Marcella series three (Credit: ITV1)

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What happened in series three, episode seven of Marcella?

Viewers know that Marcella lived as an undercover detective in Belfast.

She had assumed the identity of Keira and infiltrated the notorious Maguire family.

But over time she began to integrate too well into the character of Keira – and seemed to forget who she really was.

In the seventh episode, Marcella cut ties with her old life once and for all when she and Finn became the center of the Maguire family.

But Marcella’s old conscience continued to threaten her.

She cut ties with Frank after learning that he was using her for his personal revenge against the Maguires.

Now that the mission was over, Marcella had a new goal …

She seduced Finn to take away full control of the family from his mother.

The shock of the confrontation caused Katherine to stroke.

Stacey in prison in Marcella
Kelly Gough as Stacey Maguire in the third series of Marcella (Image Credit: ITV)

What happened in the final of the third series?

The fault lines that Marcella had set in motion within the family reached the point of crisis.

Marcella woke up out of a joint in Finn’s car – again with brunette hair, although she couldn’t remember dying.

She discovered something terrible in the trunk of the car – the body of Matthew Gaskill – and the discovery seemed to change something inside her.

She felt old Marcella return and decided to break away from the Maguire family.

And it was just in time when Rory discovered that Keira is indeed Marcella Backland. Their cover was inflated.

Radio Times says, “This compassionate crime drama ends on a mad double bill as the monstrous Maguires battle each other for supremacy.”

By the end of the third series, the majority of the Maguire family were all dead after an epic shootout.

Marcella’s handler Frank had also died.

Marcella stole the Maguire fortune and the orphaned baby Katy to start a new life.

She was last seen getting on a plane for an unknown destination …

Marcella closed on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 with a double calculation of episodes seven and eight. The entire series can currently be viewed on the ITV Hub.

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