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Where every original Line of Duty cast member is now – from Star Wars to famous partners


Line of Duty is back each week on Sunday evenings, with the sixth season debuting to rave reviews.

The season – which airs weekly at 9pm – first debuted some ten years ago, filmed in Birmingham and with a very different cast.

But where are they now?

The first episode of series six of Line Of Duty has become the most watched episode of drama since 2018.

Consolidated figures from audience research organisation Barb showed a total of 13.1 million viewers watched the programme, which returned to television screens earlier this month.

It was the most watched episode of drama since the finale of Bodyguard, also created by Jed Mercurio, in September 2018, which had an audience of 14.3 million.

The finale of series five of Line Of Duty drew 12.1 million viewers in 2018.

Martin Compston

Martin is still on the show as Steve Arnott, albeit with a major prescription painkiller addiction.

He appears to be growing bored of life at AC12 during the sixth season – but surely he will commit his loyalty to Ted Hastings soon?

The Scottish actor has been busy during the run up to the ongoing series, appearing on shows to promote the Jed Mercurio drama.



Vicky McClure in drama ‘Line Of Duty’

Vicky McClure

Vicky still stars in Line of Duty as Kate Fleming, but appears to have swapped her AC12 life in favour of Joanna Davidson’s team investigating the murder of Gail Vella.

Vicky has married Shameless star Jonny Owen during her time on the show too.

The happy couple met on the set of the film Svengali, where McClure played the part of Shell in the film — the on-screen girlfriend of Owen’s character, Dixie.

Adrian Dunbar

Ted actor Adrian is still here each week entertaining us with his soundbites.

The actor, who appeared on Graham Norton’s Friday night talk show last month, will also host Have I Got News For You soon.

Craig Parkinson

Craig was killed off as Dot Cottan after a few seasons of the show, and nowadays has a podcast dedicated to Line of Duty, interviews and plenty else besides.



Craig Parkinson as DCI Dot Cottan in Line of Duty

Lennie James

Among James’ more notable roles in television is Glen Boyle in the medical drama Critical on Sky 1. On American television, he portrayed the mysterious Robert Hawkins in the CBS series Jericho and Detective Joe Geddes in the AMC television series Low Winter Sun.

James created and starred in Sky Atlantic drama series Save Me which was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.

Brian McCardie

Since Line of Duty, he has appeared in Filth, Ghosts and The Musketeers, as well as Outlander and Holby City.

He also starred in 2018’s Ordeal by Innocence, and 2019’s Our Ladies.

Neil Morrissey

In 2016, he joined the cast of Grantchester for the second series. He played the role of Harding Redmond.

Also in 2016, he took part in the second series of ITV’s reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

In 2017, he played the role of Greg McConnell in ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital, and was Peter Carr in Series 3 of Unforgotten in 2018.

Nigel Boyle

Villa fan Nigel is back on the show, appearing weekly at 9pm as Buckells.

Paul Higgins

He starred in Utopia, Victoria and Abdul and Beep since Line of Duty.

Higgins is married to actress Amelia Bullmore, whom he met in 1992 while co-starring with her in A View from the Bridge in Manchester.




Gregory Piper

Black Country lad Gregory is back on the show as Ryan Pilkington, and Jed Mercurio has hinted there’s more to come for Dudley actor Gregory.

He reprised his role in season five, where he killed John Corbett, before becoming a key part of season six.

Gina McKee

Jackie Laverty was played by Gina.

She also played the mother of a deaf teenager in BBC TV’s thriller, The Silence, opposite Genevieve Barr.

She has also starred in Phantom Thread, an Academy Award winning film.

In 2018, she appeared in the highly successful BBC/Netflix drama series Bodyguard, playing the character of Commander Anne Sampson.

Kate Ashfield

Kate played Jools Gates in season one.

Kate is perhaps best known for her Line of Duty role, or else appearing in Shaun of the Dead.

But she has also starred in Still, Sanditon and A Confession, as well as Born to Kill.

Heather Craney

DCI Alice Prior was portrayed by Heather.

On television, Craney played Alison Weaver in the sitcom Life of Riley, and Cheryl Matthews in EastEnders. She also played Emily Holroyd in the Torchwood episode “Fragments”. She has also appeared in Silent Witness, The Bill, Holby City and the television films The Mark of Cain and Ahead of the Class.

Lauren O’Rourke

Lauren played Keely Pilkington.

She has also starred in White Gold and This is England 90.

Owen Teale

Owen portrayed Chief Inspector Philip Osborne.

The Welsh actor has also starred in Tolkien and Dream Horse since Line of Duty, as well as Game of Thrones.

Teale appeared as Ser Alliser Thorne in Game of Thrones, the HBO TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, replacing at short notice Derek Halligan.

Claire Keelan

Claure was known as DS Leah Janson in the show.

Her television credits include Perfect Day, Survivors, Sorted, Moving On, The Trip, and the pilot episode of How Not to Live Your Life. She played the lead roles of Claire Ashcroft in Nathan Barley and Electroclash in No Heroics. In 2003 she appeared in an episode of Channel 4’s Art Show written by Charlie Brooker.

Keelan’s theatre work includes Top Girls, Ultra Violet, Les liaisons dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rise and Shine and The Electric Hills.

Neet Mohan

Neet played PC Simon Bannerjee.

From 2015 to 2017, he played PC Taz Ahmed on the Channel 4 television series No Offence.

Then in 2017, Mohan began portraying the role of Dr. Rash Masum in the BBC medical drama Casualty.

He also portrayed Rash in an episode of Holby City.

Darren Morfitt

Darren played Sgt Colin Brackley.

Darren has gone on to star in Scott and Bailey, DCI Banks, Silent Witness and Holby City.

His last TV role was in 2018’s The Split.

A year previously, he appeared in Star Wars as a transport deck officer during The Last Jedi.





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