LINE Of Duty viewers have been transfixed by the traditional guessing game of ‘guess the wrong’un’ each time the BBC drama airs.
But many have also been busy spotting where they have seen the parade of dodgy cops, crims and slippery lawyers.
Line of Duty’s stars look very grown up these days – but it wasn’t always that wayCredit: BBC
Here we attempt to help out with the latest round of ‘where have I seen them before?’
Because from EastEnders to Bridgerton and even The Inbetweeners, Line of Duty’s big stars have always been hiding in plain sight…
DCI Ian Buckells
AC-12 made sure Buckells wound up behind bars after raiding the boot of his carCredit: BBC
His bar-keeping skills are about as rigorous as his policing in The Inbetweeners
He got banged up in jail for being dodgy, but Nigel Boyle’s character was no less of a law-breaker when he was The Inbetweeners’ barman.
As the rogue pint-puller he served a whole pub packed with schoolchildren and only twigged after a row with Will McKenzie in the classic sitcom.
Jimmy Lakewell made a bad call when he insisted on being sent back to jailCredit: BBC
His decision to get rid of Ricky Gervais’ David Brent in The Office was more soundCredit: BBC One
As the drama’s criminal lawyer Jimmy wound up in prison, where he met a grisly end after Steve Arnott sprung him from jail.
But viewers will also know him as Neil Godwin, manager of The Office’s Swindon branch who becomes David Brent’s boss.
PCC Rohan Sindwhani
Ace Bhatti stars as Central Police’s political boss – but is he good or bad?Credit: BBC
He was certainly trouble as Yusef Khan, Zainab’s brutal ex-husbandCredit: BBC
Political overlord Rohan Sindwhani looked like he was making life very difficult for Ted Hastings but may very well have been his protector (as usual with Line of Duty, playing ‘pick the baddies’ is an inexact science).
He is played by former EastEnders star Ace Bhatti, who was Zainab’s brutally abusive ex-husband – and also played Emmerdale’s Bobby Khan.
Supt Ted Hastings
In Line of Duty, Adrian Dunbar’s Ted Hastings seems (mostly) incorruptibleCredit: BBC
But in Ashes To Ashes the actor played – gasp – a corrupt police officer
Ted Hastings can spot a wrong’un at twenty paces but actor Adrian Dunbar has also played murder suspects and even – mother of God – a corrupt cop himself.
The actor, 62, starred in BBC hit Ashes To Ashes as Detective Inspector Martin Summers, a corrupt PC from Fenchurch East police station.
Come on now, fella.
DI Kate Fleming
Vicky in This Is England alongside another Line of Duty legend, Stephen GrahamCredit: FilmFour
Vicky McClure is one of the best things in Line Of Duty as no-nonsense DCI Kate Fleming.
But the 37-year-old actress was on far wilder form in her breakout role in the This is England film in 2006 and the Channel 4 TV series that followed, as Lol.
DCI Jo Davidson
DCI Jo Davidson seems mild-mannered – but many think she is up to no goodCredit: BBC/World Productions
Kelly McDonald was one of the stars of cult classic movie TrainspottingCredit: Rex
She certainly seems to be firmly on the ‘dodgy’ list but AC-12 still haven’t managed to pin enough dirt on Davidson to bring her in (yet).
Kelly McDonald, the actress her, has starred in everything from Nanny McPhee to Boardwalk Empire and Harry Potter.
But she is still famous for appearing in 1996 cult classic Trainspotting as Diane, a ruthless schoolgirl who blackmails Renton.
DC Jodie Taylor
Jodie Taylor was a thorn in the side of AC-12 in the last series of Line of DutyCredit: BBC
She has a very different role as Eloise Bridgerton in the hit Netflix dramaCredit: Splash
There is something of a revolving door between Line of Duty and Bridgerton, with no fewer than five stars appearing in both.
The most notable is Claudia Jesse, who plays both sass merchant Eloise Bridgerton and series-four sneak Jodie, who reported Kate’s activities to Roz Huntley.
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