By Kirsty Bachor

25th April 2019

Line Of Duty Cast: The Real Life Partners

All eyes are on the Line Of Duty cast right now- as the desperate search for ‘H’ reaches a pinnacle this Sunday (or does it?)

Will we actually find out on the final episode of this series? There’s rumour circulating that it could potentially (and painfully) be dragged out until season six (please NO, don’t do that to us). The drama of who the balaclava man (or should we say balaclava men), in the last series was enough for us.

We can imagine the people (yes, there are actual people with actual lives behind the uniform) go home to their loved ones emotionally exhausted after the long days of filming that go in to making the show such a success. We can only hope they all have a strong support system at home in the form of a loving partner ready with a huge hug to end a long day on the beat…

Let’s meet the lucky faces who go to home to the cast members of arguably one of the biggest dramas in the UK right now…

1. Superintendent Ted Hastings

Ted has some undeniable charm, that we just can’t put our finger on. He also happens to be one of the prime ‘H’ suspects, after showing an insight in to his criminal potential earlier in series 5, when his wife Roisin Hastings (Andrea Irvine) was admitted to hospital after a brutal attack by Corbett (Stephen Graham).

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Adrian Dunbar and Wife Anna Nygh

You might think that with age comes less attention from the ladies, but it seems things have taken quite the opposite turn for Dunbar, having gained heart- throb status at the ripe age of 60:

“That’s a subject of some amusement, obviously. We didn’t expect any of that.”

His eyes are on one lady only, though- his wife, Anna Nygh, who he’s been married to since 1968- these two are true soul mates!

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Anna is a fellow actress, best known for her role in Sweeny 2, and is from across the pond in Australia. The couple now reside in North London and share a daughter. Let’s hope all this attention doesn’t go to his head!

2. DS Steve Arnott

After a disastrous mission whilst working for the Counter Terrorism unit, Steve was swiftly transferred to AC 12- where he’s now considered one of the leading investigators. He’s even hoping for a promotion (ohh ayeee)…

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Martin Compston and Wife Tianna Chanel Flynn

Scottish actor Martin (yep he’s actually Scottish, unlike his character in Line of Duty) is taken in real life, unlike his co-star Les Hargreaves. Martin married his sweetheart Tianna in 2016, in a lavish ceremony, complete with traditional kilt.

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Tianna is a well- established actress in her own rights, having starred in the likes of Secret Diary Of An American Cheerleader and How To Get Away With Murder. But, did you know, her first UK appearance was actually on Line Of Duty, alongside her husband?

She made a cameo as a potential match on a dating app for Steve (now you’re going to re-watch to check, aren’t you?) Only the eagle eyed amongst you would have put two and two together on that one!

3. DI Kate Fleming

Kate is a specialised member of AC-12 who has a knack for undercover work. She quickly forms a bond with Steve after his introduction to the team, and keeps us on our toes with what hairstyle she’ll have next.

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Vicky McClure and Fiancé Jonny Owen

Vicky is taken, unlike her co-star Taj Atwal who appears to be on the market! Vicky’s other half is talented Welsh actor, producer and writer- Johnny, who also happens to have a BAFTA under his belt. Will Vicky be in a chance for one next?!

4. DI Lindsay Denton

Lindsay and her neck brace were the focus of series 2 of the hit TV show. We are introduced to her character when a witness extraction goes horrendously wrong.

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Keeley Hawes and Husband Matthew MacFadyen

Actress Keeley bagged herself her very own Mr Darcy with actor Matthew, and we’re only a little bit jealous. They tied the knot in 2004 and have two children together.

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5. DI Matthew Cottan

Beginning his career as a golf caddy, this quickly turned Cottan into a mole for the criminal elite. His nickname ‘Dot’ comes from a loveable reference to Eastenders great, Dot Cotton (random, I know).

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Craig Parkinson and Wife Susan Lynch

Craig is married to Northern Irish beauty Susan, who is also an actress and has appeared in Killing Eve. It seems this cast like to keep it in the industry! The loving pair share a son and keep out of the spotlight down in the Cotswolds!

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6. John Corbett

Having had roles in American drama series Boardwalk Empire and the classic This Is England, Stephen Graham was believed to be joining the Line Of Duty cast after a blurred image of him appeared online. And what a welcomed addition he turned out to be!

He plays the tough bad boy, whose presence caused quite the impact:

“He’s the most dangerous guy we’ve come up against. By far.”  

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“The other people we’re usually chasing are cops. I mean – they’re not out and out bad people. But he’s just a criminal, he’s a murderer.”

Stephen Graham and Wife Hannah Walters

Stephen married actress Hannah back in 2008 and the pair have two children. Did you know that they actually BOTH appeared alongside each other in This Is England?!

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7. Chief Inspector Tony Gates

With a career dating back to the early 1990s, the actor has appeared in Guy Ritchie film Snatch, BBC series Line of Duty and, more recently, he spearheaded the homegrown drama he wrote, Save Me. But it’s the American series The Walking Dead that has established James as a household name before he made more waves in the Line Of Duty series.

Tony was the main subject of investigation in the first series of the hit show, and often came to blows with Steve Arnott – understandably. Oh, and he’s also the one with an ex-mistress stuffed in a freezer. Standard.

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Lennie James and Wife Giselle Glasman

He very much keeps himself to himself behind the scenes, in terms of his private life. He’s been successful in keeping his wife, Giselle Glasman (her name is just about all we know about her), to himself.

What we do know, is that the pair live in the Hollywood Hills together (when he’s not busy here filming for the line of duty series). The couple also have three daughters together- Romy James, Celine James, Georgia James!

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8. DCI Roz Huntley

Brtish actress, Thandie Newton, who plays Roz, was actually a fan of the line of duty series before she starred in it in series 4. Despite being British, it was actually in the states that Newton landed most of her roles:

“I don’t have the opportunity to work in Britain very much because there are a lot of period dramas and they often don’t have calls for women of colour so I went to Hollywood.”

She didn’t hang about, and came in with a bang- landing herself as the number one subject of investigation in series 4.

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Thandie Newton and Husband Ol Parker

Thandie has actually been married to Ol Parker, who happens to be the mastermind behind Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, for 20 years now! The pair share three children: daughters Ripley and Nico and son Booker.

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9. Nigel Morton

Being physically disabled by a leg injury, Morton had resigned himself to desk duties until Gates brought him into TO-20. Proving to do just about anything for the loyalty he has towards Gates, we now see him as a deeply distrustful character.

Quite the stark contrast to some of his previous roles, including voicing cartoon characters, including Bob, Roley, Lofty, Mr. Fothergill and Farmer Pickles in the UK version of Bob the Builder! Who knew?!

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Neil Morrissey and Partner Emma Killick

Neil has had his fair share of partners (and affairs- his most memorable with BGT judge Amanda Holden, back in 2000). The Lothario has been in a long term relationship with lawyer Emma, who despite being committed to, vowed in 2016 that he would never marry again.

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He’s had quite the turn around from his womanizer days, now finding himself instead with a mop and bucket in his hands:

 “In my real life I cook, I clean and I iron. That’s the kind of relationship we’re in. I’m not the ­domineering male in the house.”

10. Gill Biggeloe

Since returning to our screens this series, the senior legal counsel has raised a few eyebrows, mainly following her suspicious behaviour back in episode five. Her romantic involvement with Superintendent Ted Hastings isn’t helping our doubts, as to who she really is, and more so if she’s’ ‘H’?

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Polly Walker and Husband Laurence Penry-Jones

Gill in ‘real life’ goes by the name of Polly Walker and has quite a quiet life compared to her on screen character. 52- year- old Polly has been married to her other half, Laurence, since 2008. Making sure to keep it in the industry, she went for Laurence who is also an actor, having starred most notably in Doctors!

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11. Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael

Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael was brought on to the scene to investigate one of the prime ‘H’ suspects- Ted Hastings.

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Anna Maxwell Martin and Husband Roger Michell

Anna is actually married to Notting Hill’s director, Roger Mitchell. Mitchell already had two children before they met but now the pair have had another two children together.

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