The series finale left viewers shocked.
Broadchurch actor Chris Mason has thanked fans for their support after he was unmasked as the drama’s villain.
The series finale left viewers shocked when it emerged that Leo Humphries, played by Chris, forced 16-year-old Michael Lucas (Deon Lee-Williams) to rape Julie Hesmondhalgh’s character, Trish Winterman.
Chris told fans on Twitter:
The 26-year-old, from Liverpool, won acclaim for his performance in the ITV drama, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
Chris’s previous credits include Legend, the gangster drama on the Kray twins starring Tom Hardy, and the lead role in Wonderkid, a short film about the inner turmoil of a young gay footballer.
His next film, The Mad Genius Project, is due out later this year.
Broadchurch ended on a record high as its last episode scored its biggest audience ever.
An average of 8.7 million viewers tuned in to watch as the identity of Trish’s rapist was revealed in the shocking finale, peaking at 9.3 million.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, the new Doctor Who boss, has confirmed there will not be another series of the Dorset-set crime drama, saying the last episode was “the end of the story”.