Shetland’s Mark Bonnar has a very famous wife – and you might recognize her!

Eve Crosbie

Shetland fans were delighted when the crime drama returned to BBC One this month. However, the return is bittersweet for fans as lead actor Douglas Henshall has announced that the current series will be his last.

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Thankfully, her co-star, Mark Bonnar, who plays Duncan Hunter, has so far shown no signs that he’s considering leaving. But what about Mark’s life away from his acting career?

Fans will be surprised to learn that the 53-year-old is quite famous herself – and TV fans will certainly recognize her.

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Like her husband, Lucy Gaskell has been a fixture on British TV screens since the early 2000s. She may be best known for playing the role of Ruby Ferris in the BBC One drama cut it and Kirsty Clements in Victim. She also appeared in the likes of Doctor Who, human being, waking the dead and DCI banks.

Meanwhile, in addition to Guilt, the Scottish actor also recently returned for the second series of Guilt. His previous roles include DCI Atkins in TaggartMike Dryden in Course of action and Colin Osborne in Unforgettable.

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Mark Bonnar and Lucy Gaskell married in 2007

The couple, who wed in December 2007, also starred in Victim! They reportedly met four years earlier in 2003 at a production of Chekhov The cherry orchardwhich was Lucy’s professional stage debut.

Speaking about the early days of their romance, Mark recounted Radio times: “We didn’t have any stage time together at all, but, you know…”

They have two children together, an eleven year old daughter named Martha and a seven year old son named Samuel and being a dad is something Mark has always wanted.

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The couple have two children together

“[Having kids] was late in the day for me. I met Lucy when I was in my thirties and we were eight before we had kids,” he said.

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“My parents always said to me, ‘If you are happy, we are happy’ and I will try to do the same with my children. As a parent, the happiness of your children is the most important thing. I mean , it’s a whirlwind from the time you get up until the time they go to bed But then you cry and grab a bottle of wine and watch some Pastry shop.”

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