Endeavours Jim Strange star Sean Rigby unrecognisable after dramatic weight loss

Roger Allam says it's unlikely this will be last Endeavour series

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Jim Strange (played by Sean Rigby) was on hand to help DS Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) with his latest investigation after a cab driver was found dead in his taxi, owing a large debt to a colleague. While Morse and his colleague DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) were at the front of the investigation, DS Strange was also helping out with interviews of suspects. For the second week in a row, viewers were left taken aback by DS Strange’s transformation as they noted the actor Sean had lost weight.

Actor Sean has not commented on his weight loss but did look noticeably slimmer in the latest series.

Those at home who noticed, took to Twitter to comment with Bart Hobson posting: “Catching up with the latest episode one of of my favourite programmes #Endeavour my goodness Jim Strange (Sean Rigby) has lost a lot of weight! I actually thought they had changed actors.”

Erica James added: “Just catching up with the first episode of series 8 of #Endeavour and my word, Jim Strange is a shadow of his former self with the amount of weight he’s lost!”

“Wow, I didn’t recognise Sean Rigby as JimStrange. He’s half the man he used to be. Great to have #Endeavour back and directed by Shaun Evans too,” Anne Reece remarked.

Mike Byrne continued: “Jim Strange looking slim #Endeavour.”

DS Strange was described in the past as “slightly overweight” and “give to bouts of pomposity”.

The Endeavour character was stabbed in season seven but has returned to work and has more involvement with DI Thursday’s family.

Speaking on the storyline with DS Strange, Thursday star Roger commented: ““Jim Strange has more to do with the Thursday family in this series.

“Joan [Thursday] sees him as someone good, nice and reliable. But also someone she can educate somewhat about the precise moral standing of the Freemasons, for instance.

“I think there are possibilities in that relationship. She sees someone who is good and ordinary who isn’t so wrapped up in himself as Endeavour is.”

Actor Shaun also hinted could take over from DI Thursday as Endeavour’s confidante.

“There is a pull apart between Thursday and Endeavour,” he explained. “Inevitably, I think. Just given that Endeavour never mentions him again.

“In any later iteration, there’s no mention of Thursday. So, something has to have happened in order for that to be the case.

“In terms of Strange possibly filling the gap with Joan, it’s just sometimes right place, right time. Also, is Strange a little more like Thursday than Endeavour is?

“You know what you are going to get. And that’s a good thing. Relatively uncomplicated versus Endeavour who is complicated. As, indeed, we all are to a degree.”

The final instalment of Endeavour season eight will air next week and see the foundations of Endeavour and Thursday’s relationship shaken.

“Thursday unwittingly discovers the extent of Endeavour’s problems are greater than anybody could have suspected,” the official synopsis reads.

“Meanwhile things at home become quote tense for Thursday and Win when they receive disturbing news from abroad.

“When a snowstorm splits CID, and they independently work to solve the murder of a college don, Thursday enlists the help of Dorothea, while Endeavour finds himself stranded at an abandoned hotel, a pawn in a game of gruesome revenge.”

Endeavour continues Sunday on ITV at 8pm.

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