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BBC One has announced the guest lead for the next season of its hit crime drama Line of Duty: Primetime Emmy® Awards winner Kelly Macdonald.

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Line of Duty Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, and Vicky McClure — Photo © Des Willie, courtesy of Acorn TV

Kelly MacdonaldKelly Macdonald (Giri/Haji, The Victim, Boardwalk Empire, No Country for Old Men, Gosford Park, Trainspotting) will guest star in Series 6 of Line of Duty as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, the senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions at AC-12.

She will join series leads Martin Compston (In Plain Sight), Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), and Adrian Dunbar (Blood) when filming on the new season starts next year.

Macdonald also joins the list of stellar acting talent who have guest starred in previous seasons, including Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Stephen Graham (Little Boy Blue), Primetime Emmy® Awards winner Thandie Newton (Westworld), BAFTA Awards nominees Daniel Mays (Born to Kill) and Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard), and Royal Television Society TV Award winner Lennie James (Save Me).

Said Line of Duty writer and showrunner Jed Mercurio:

“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.”

Series 6 will debut in the US exclusively on Acorn TV (date tba).

All five seasons to date of Line of Duty are available for streaming in the States on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon, and in the UK on Amazon Video.

Stay tuned for updates.

(Photo of Kelly Macdonald by Mark Rabinowitz [CC BY-SA 3.0])


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