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Line of Duty's star reveals new series is 'intense'

Jen Crothers
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From Good Housekeeping

Line of Duty star Kelly Macdonald has opened up about her role in the hit police corruption drama - and admits the role was so intense, it 'freaked her out'.

Kelly plays new character DCI Jo Davidson in the new season of the huge BBC One hit, with returning cast members Vicky McClure (DC Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Superintendent Ted Hastings) - which begins later this month.

“They sent the first episode while I was on the train. And I managed to download it and immediately got freaked out at the intensity,” she told The Guardian.

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Photo credit: BBC

Kelly told the publication that before filming, she began watching the show from the start - covering the Keely Hawes years and Thandie Newton’s iconic baddie, but had to give up in season four:

“It started getting close to the beginning of filming and I really started panicking. And Thandie was being so good!”

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Photo credit: BBC


As the show’s script is filled with all kinds of police jargon for the cop cast, Kelly admitted that during filming, she didn’t really know what she was actually saying. “It’s the kind of detailed forensic policing that even when I’m saying the words, I’m only half aware of what I actually mean,” she explained.

Kelly also added that the while the on set catering wasn’t great (“You get a soggy sandwich”), working with Vicky McClure was a dream. “She’s lovely! You know, she’s that girl from school who’s super energetic and popular, and has time for everyone. She has a big heart: she’s great.”

Line of Duty begins on Sunday 21 March at 9pm on BBC One

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