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This Is Where You've Seen Line Of Duty's DSI Ian Buckells Before

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This Is Where You've Seen Line Of Duty's DSI Ian Buckells Before

If you've caught up on the latest episode of Line of Duty, then you'll know all about what happened to Detective Superindendent Ian Buckells.

*Warning: spoilers ahead*

DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle (Credit: BBC)
DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle (Credit: BBC)

In the latest episode of the crime drama, the Detective Superintendent was arrested and was about to be questioned by AC-12 after new evidence came to light showing he'd hidden missing files in the boot of his car.

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Could he have links to the OCG, or is he being framed for a crime he didn't commit by DCI Joanne Davidson?

Whether he's a bent copper or not, some viewers are convinced they've seen the actor before.

And, if you're racking your brains to think why he's so familiar, Nigel Boyle, who plays DSI Ian Buckells, has been acting since 2006, and has featured in a number of recognised TV shows.

In fact, the actor has appeared in several shows before, including in an episode of The Inbetweeners.

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One of Boyle's first TV appearances was as the barman who refuses to serve an underage Will in an episode of the Channel 4 show.

Nigel Boyle played the barman who refused to serve Will in The Inbetweeners (Credit: Channel 4)
Nigel Boyle played the barman who refused to serve Will in The Inbetweeners (Credit: Channel 4)

In the first ever episode of the show, Will (played by Simon Bird) attempts to buy four pints of lager, but is asked to hand over ID by the barman.

When the barman refuses to serve him without it, Will shouts: "Just look around you - everyone in this bloody pub is underage," before the barman replies: "Right, we're closed. Everyone out."

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And that's not all. As well as an episode of Casualty and two appearances in Coronation Street, Boyle has also appeared in daytime soap Doctors, as six different characters!

The Line of Duty cast (Credit: BBC)
The Line of Duty cast (Credit: BBC)

The actor appeared in the show from 2006 to 2019, most recently as Russell Wade, before his turn as DSI Ian Buckells.

Detective Superintendent Buckells was first seen in the crime drama when he was brought in to replace Lennie James' character Tony Gates in the first series.

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He then returned in series four, to step in for Roz Huntley (Thandiwe Newton) while she worked on Operation Trapdoor.

Line of Duty airs on BBC One on Sunday evenings at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Channel 4

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, TV News

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