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Line of Duty season six airs every Sunday evening on BBC One and fans want to know everything they possibly can about the new series from cast to theories to recaps of previous seasons. Kelly Macdonald is the drama’s guest star this season, following on from Stephen Graham in series five. Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press ahead of the Line of Duty premiere, Macdonald revealed she was initially worried about joining Line of Duty but thankfully said yes to the role. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Why was Kelly Macdonald worried about joining Line of Duty?
Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald stars as corrupt officer DCI Jo Davidson in Line of Duty season five.
Since episode one, viewers were intrigued to know if Davidson was actually bent or if they were just being misled.
However, at the end of episode two, viewers suspicions were confirmed when Davidson was seen collecting a burner phone.
In episode three, Davidson was also spotted messaging the OCG and cleverly framing her colleagues to divert suspicions.
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Macdonald is no stranger to playing dark and intense roles. However, speaking to Express.co.uk and other press ahead of the premiere of Line of Duty, Macdonald shared she had to “really think” about saying yes to the role.
She recalled: “I did have a think about it but in a way, it was just a foregone conclusion that I was doing it.
“I just had to get used to the idea if you know what I mean. That’s all I was thinking about is how to let this information settle because I knew even though I hadn’t watched the series at that point, in you [you know it is] a big deal.
“And I mean, it’s a big deal. It’s coming out and it’s blowing my mind again.”
Macdonald also shared she struggled at first to get her head around the famous Line of Duty acronyms from CHIS to AC-12.
She shared: “The shock really was when I was sent the first episode, which was pretty much at the same time I found out that I’d been offered this part.
“My agent sent me the episode and I started reading it on a train up to Glasgow from London.
“I was happily reading and then suddenly, I was like ‘Oh there’s a massive, long screed of dialogue about stuff that I’ve never heard of. Ok’.
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And then I turned the page and it kept going. I was like, ‘she’s [Jo Davidson] just talking about it, what is she talking about?’ and it went on and on and on like that.
“It’s so compelling, and the character was so great. There was almost no doubt in my mind that I was going to see yes, but I did have to get over that obstacle in my mind because I knew that was going to be quite challenging. And it is.”
She added: “There would be certain acronyms that we would discuss at the time.
“In hair and makeup, they had a list pinned up, which was quite helpful, I found, of all the acronyms and what everything stood for. I’m not brilliant at [remembering them], but I sort of get by.”
Who is Kelly Macdonald?
Macdonald is best known for playing Diane in Trainspotting in 1996 and Margaret Thompson in Boardwalk Empire.
She is also well known for her role as Anna Dean in The Victim, starring alongside John Hannah and James Harkness.
Macdonald also took on the role of Sarah in the award-winning series Girl/Haji.
Fans of Line of Duty may also recognise Macdonald from her role as Helena Ravenclaw in Harry Potter, Carla Jean Moss in No Country For Old Men and Karin Parke in the Black Mirror episode, Hated in the Nation.
Line of Duty airs Sundays at 9pm on BBC One
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