Line Of Duty’s Ryan Pilkington infiltrated Central Police (Picture: BBC)
*Warning: Line Of Duty series 6 episode 6 spoilers ahead!*
Line Of Duty’s Gregory Piper has teased a ‘corker’ finale as he paid tribute to the show after his character Ryan Pilkington was killed off in the sixth episode of series 6.
After a week of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Kate planted two bullets in the bent copper’s chest, killing the Organised Crime Group (OCG) member, who was later discovered by Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Chloë Bishop (Shalom Brune Franklin).
Actor Gregory said he was ‘so grateful’ to be a part of the acclaimed BBC drama as he took a minute to honour the show and thank creator Jed Mercurio and his fellow cast members.
‘Let’s face it… he had it coming!’ he penned in a statement shared on social media. ‘What a privilege it’s been to work on this show. Every day I was still as mind blown and excited as I was when I was 13 in series 1.
‘The nicest and most welcoming group of people I have ever met. I had the most fun and it’s something I’ll never forget. I know it’s cliché but I woldnt say it if it wasn’t true, they’re like a family to me now.’
He continued: ‘Jed Mercurio gave me an absolute gift with Ryan, his scenes and character have been the stuff of dreams and I’m so grateful.
Ryan first appeared in series one of Line Of Duty (Picture: BBC)
‘To have acted scenes with the absolute power houses of actors that I have has been a masterclass.’
Teasing the hotly anticipated finale, Gregory added: ‘Stay tuned because you’re in for an absolute corker of a last episode.’
Line Of Duty viewers were first introduced to Ryan all the way back in series one, as he terrorised residents of Moss Heath’s Borogrove Estate, working for the elusive Tommy Hunter.
His main job at the start of the show was to delivers burner phones on demand, on his BMX bike, and collecting drugs and debts on behalf of Hunter.
Ryan then enrolled in the police at the end of series five, before becoming a main character in the sixth series.
Line Of Duty series 6 concludes on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
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