Daniel Mays (Common, The Great Fire) has joined the cast of BBC Two’s thriller series Line Of Duty for its upcoming third season, which is set to pit police anti-corruption unit AC-12 against ” their most dangerous adversary yet”.
Mays will play Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects. When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line.
The actor, whose previous television credits also include Made In Dagenham and Mrs Biggs, follows in the footsteps of Lennie James (Criticial) and Keeley Hawes (Spooks) who played the targets of AC-12’s investigations in Line Of Duty’s first and second seasons, respectively.
He also joins a returning cast which includes Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the unbelievably talented cast of Line Of Duty series three”, said Mays. “Jed Mercurio has once again delivered a thrilling and emotionally raw script, which I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of.”
“I’m deeply grateful to the BBC for giving me the opportunity to work on another series of Line Of Duty”, added series creator Jed Mercurio. “I’m very much looking forward to resuming a creative partnership with our regular cast, crew and production team and to working with the hugely talented Daniel Mays on this riveting new character.”
Line Of Duty, which has already been renewed for a fourth season, is produced by indie World Productions, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Peter Norris is the series producer, while Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath and the BBC’s Stephen Wright are serving as executive producers. Critical helmer Michael Keillor will direct the first three episodes of the show’s third season, which begins production in Belfast, Northern Ireland later this month.