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Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar wants a role in Derry Girls

Exclusive: As Line of Duty returns to screens, NI star says he’d happily shed tough guy cop persona for cameo on hit comedy

Superintendent Ted Hastings (C) World Productions - Photographer: Aidan Monaghan
Superintendent Ted Hastings (C) World Productions - Photographer: Aidan Monaghan

By David O’Dornan

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has said he wants to be the laughing policeman — by landing a role in Derry Girls.

The Enniskillen actor returns as gruff superintendent Ted Hastings in the new series of the BBC cop drama tonight.

But the 60-year-old declared: “I love Derry Girls,” and issued a come-and-get-me plea to have him join the likes of Tommy Tiernan and Ian McElhinney in the hit comedy.

He said: “It’s going to be the middle of next year before we shoot another Line of Duty so there’s plenty of time to do other stuff. I’d like to do some comedy, I never get the chance to do comedy and apparently I can be quite funny.

“I’m looking for a sitcom. There’s definitely a role in Derry Girls for sure. I’m waiting for the call!”

Adrian revealed that he has formed a close bond with his Line of Duty co-stars Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) and Martin Compston (Steve Arnott).

And during four-month stints filming in Northern Ireland they live in neighbouring Belfast apartments — where he takes on the role of chef.

He said: “Yeah that’s right, I mean, we’re not talking cuisine here. We are talking comfort food, but then you need it when you’re away from home, don’t you?

“Vicky will come in on a Saturday morning and I’ll have to do my bacon and beans and do her a big fry-up with soda bread and all the rest of it.

“We have three flats, they’re all very close together. Vicky’s flat is very tidy.

“All the work tops are very clean, you won’t see anything out of place.

“I’m allowed in there now and again. We all come in, we run our lines there. Vicky makes us tea and we run the lines in Vicky’s apartment.

“Then if we want to have something to eat, we come into my apartment, it’s slightly bigger so I’ve got to do the cooking and make everybody some soup or something.

“And then if there’s a party, we all go to Compston’s because he’s the party animal and a very good one.

“He’s a Maker’s Mark and coke character and partying late, especially if Celtic happen to have won that day, which they usually do, then he’s really on it.”

Adrian told the Series Linked podcast that he is looking forward to watching the first episode tonight at home and will bring his TV out for the special occasion.

He explained: “I’m excited about it. We all watch it in live time as it goes out. I don’t have social media so I’ll just watch the telly. I’ll take the telly out from behind the sofa because I don’t have a telly that’s out. So I take the telly out, put it on a stool and plug it all in.

“I do that for anything I watch and it stops you from watching nonsense.

“You pick and choose what you watch otherwise you just boggle out on Come Dine With Me or something for hours, which is a very good show it has to be said.

“I have got a bit of a tweak in the back — maybe that’s what it is! Mind you, it is only an 18-inch telly, so it’s not too heavy.”

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