Nick Hendrix was today confirmed as the new star of Midsomer Murders.

Alongside Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby, Nick will play DS Jamie Winter when the hit ITV detective show returns for a brand new series in 2017 with six feature-length episodes.

Meanwhile, Manjinder Virk will return as pathologist Dr Kam Karimore and Fiona Dolman will also be back for the 19th series as Sarah Barnaby.

After being announced as the new sidekick on Midsomer Murders, Nick said: "I'm genuinely thrilled to join this bastion of British TV.

“It's a real privilege to be part of a hugely successful and much loved show and I am looking forward to stepping into the wonderful world of Midsomer."

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But just who is Nick Hendrix? Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the 31-year-old actor:

1. He’s a seasoned theatre star…

As well as playing Dickie in The Winslow Boy, Stanhope in Journey’s End and making his West End debut in What the Butler Saw, Nick Hendrix also starred as lead Prince Digby in The Light Princess in London. He describes his first big break as getting into prestigious acting school RADA. “That is the reason for any break I may have had,” he explains.

2. …and he’s had a lot of TV roles, too!

Most recently, Nick Hendrix has been seen playing Adrian Cooper in ITV drama Marcella. Before that, he’s also had small roles in a whole host of TV dramas including Foyle’s War, The White Queen, Lightfields, Call the Midwife and Inspector George Gently.

3. He would love to be James Bond

Asked what his dream role would be, Nick didn’t hesitate with his answer! “James Bond. Simple. I feel that being part of a huge franchise is the only way to create a timeless legacy as an actor,” he remarked.

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4. He’s very showbiz

Not only is Nick dating fellow actress Jessica Ellerby, who has starred in Benidorm, Inside No. 9 and Endeavour, but he is also the nephew of newscaster Alastair Stewart!

5. He had to convince his parents to let him pursue an acting career

“I remember when I said to my parents that I was going to do drama at Exeter, and they were saying, ‘Is that a proper degree? Can you get jobs from that?’” he recalls. “My parents wanted me to get a proper degree first. They wanted me to do English or History and do Drama on the side, so it was a battle. But I convinced them I could do Drama and that it was a BA. So I was there for three years and then got into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) somehow.”

Midsomer Murders returns to ITV in 2017.