Douglas Henshall: ‘There aren’t many roles for a 57-year-old white man’

He said: “Baddies are just fun to play. It’s always fun to pretend to be firing a gun. It’s quite childhood-inducing.”

However, Henshall also revealed that he didn’t specifically seek out a villainous role, adding: “It’s very difficult to make conscious decisions about what you’re going to do when you’re a 57-year-old white man. There aren’t so many roles around for me any more.”

Douglas Henshall in Who is Erin Carter?, wearing a tuxedo

Douglas Henshall in Who is Erin Carter?. Netflix/YouTube

Henshall continued: “I think that’s just a fact of getting older. People are looking for younger actors these days. There’s a degree of, ‘I’ve been offered that, I’m grateful for the job, I’ll go and do it.'”

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Following Who is Erin Carter?, Henshall will also be seen in mystery horror film One of Us, which will star Heartstopper‘s Kit Connor, Love Actually‘s Sienna Guillory, Derry Girls‘ Beccy Henderson and House of the Dragon‘s David Horovitch.

Henshall left his role in Shetland at the end of season 7, with the upcoming eighth season set to star Ashley Jensen as the new DI, Ruth Calder.

Jensen has said that her character will bring a “a whole new dynamic” to the BBC crime drama, adding: “It’s kind of almost more about the other people – about how Alison (Alison O’Donnell) and all the other characters are going to relate to Ruth Calder, so that’ll be really interesting.”

Meanwhile, the new season will also feature guest stars including Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Jamie Sives (Annika) and Lorraine McIntosh (Outlander).


Who Is Erin Carter? will be available to stream on Netflix from Thursday 24th August 2023. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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