Will Mellor (Broadchurch), Leanne Best (Ripper Street) and Arsher Ali (Arthur & George) have signed on to co-star opposite Daniel Mays (Common) on the third season of BBC Two’s police anti-corruption drama Line Of Duty.
From Jed Mercurio, Line Of Duty follows police anti-corruption unit AC-12. The six episode third season sees the unit investigate Sergeant Danny Waldron. The highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit, Waldron’s 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.
Will Mellor has been cast as PC Rod Kennedy, Leanne Best plays PC Jackie Brickford; while Arsher Ali is set as PC Harinderpal ‘Hari’ Bains.”Sergeant Danny Waldron appears to run a team of crack firearms officers, but hidden tensions simmer beneath the surface”, said Mercurio. “We’re all hugely excited that Will Mellor, Arsher Ali and Leanne Best have agreed to play these pivotal roles.”
The trio join previously announced cast member Daniel Mays who has signed on to play Sergeant Danny Waldron, AC-12’s most dangerous adversary yet. Returning cast members also include Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.
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. Filming got underway in Belfast, Northern Ireland last month for a 2016 premiere.