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Full Cast Confirmed For 'Line Of Duty' Series Six With Kelly Macdonald As Lead

Full Cast Confirmed For 'Line Of Duty' Series Six With Kelly Macdonald As Lead

*This article contains spoilers for Line of Duty series five*

The new cast for the next series of Line of Duty has been announced, with Kelly Macdonald taking the lead.

The Trainspotting star, who also starred in Giri/Haji, Boardwalk Empire and Nanny McPhee, will be taking up the role of Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson in series 6 - a senior investigating officer in an unsolved murder who's questionable conduct is examined by AC-12.

Joanne will be investigated by Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), all of whose returns have been confirmed.

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The show's creator Jed Mercurio said: "We're honoured that Kelly Macdonald will join Martin, Vicky and Adrian in series six of Line of Duty. DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced."

Meanwhile, Controller of BBC Drama Piers Wenger, added: "We're delighted that Kelly Macdonald is coming on board for series six.

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"She's one of the UK's most versatile actors and we're excited for viewers to see what Jed's scripts have in store for her when she joins the Line Of Duty team."

The news comes just days after writer Mercurio also teased that this season would feature "secret guest stars," too.

He set tongues wagging after he shared a photo of everybody from AC-12 back together again, adding: '#LineofDuty Series 6 team @Vicky_McClure @martin_compston.

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"The Gaffer Adrian Dunbar nervously awaiting arrival of secret guest stars."

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The 'Line Of Duty' coppers will return to investigate newbie Joanne (Credit: BBC)
The 'Line Of Duty' coppers will return to investigate newbie Joanne (Credit: BBC)

"Brilliant! Perfect! Exciting! Oh you tease... tell us more ... and when?," one eager fan wrote in response.

While another added: "You bloody tease Jed."

The fifth season had the nation well and truly gripped as we watched in disbelief as Hastings was taken into custody under suspicion of being 'H'.

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And as always, the series finale brought the nail-bitingly corrupt cop drama to an almighty crescendo, putting Hastings in the clear but bringing up more questions about the mythical "bent coppers," as it emerged that 'H' was actually four people.

Mercurio previously revealed the new series would come about "some time in 2020," and given that the new cast has just been announced, we now know it can't be too long.

Line of Duty always attracts big guest stars. In the past they have included, Stephen Graham, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays.

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Welcome to the cast, Kelly. We can't wait for series 6!

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC, TV News, TV Entertainment, Line of Duty

Joanna Freedman

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