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Northern Ireland political impasse reminds me of how Troubles started, says Line of Duty star Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty
Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland star Adrian Dunbar has said the current political impasse in the country reminds him of how the Troubles started.

The Fermanagh man was appearing on the BBC Andrew Marr show ahead of the hotly anticipated finale of hit cop drama Line of Duty.

He said he was devastated over the death of murdered journalist Lyra McKee. The 29-year-old was shot during disturbances in Derry last month. Her killing brought together Northern Ireland politicians with calls for them to resolve their differences and restore power sharing at Stormont. Talks aimed at breaking the impasse are to resume on Tuesday.

"Clearly what Brexit is doing," continued Dunbar, "We have a political  vacuum and it reminds me so much of how everything started.

"A political vacuum, no representation in the Executive, suddenly it leaves space for other things to happen.. dangerous things to happen.

"So that is where we are in Northern Ireland. Brexit is a dangerous place for us."

The penultimate Line of Duty left Dunbar's character Superintendent Ted Hastings behind bars facing allegations he was the criminal mastermind and arch "bent copper" in the entire series.

The actor was tight lipped on how the series will unfold, saying: "No one wants to know, it's the twists and turns which make the show. It's that good."

He would not be drawn on how he spells the word "definitely".

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