Here’s some late casting news from the BBC. Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle, And Then There Were None) has joined the cast of Line Of Duty in a major recurring role for the final two episodes of season five. She will play Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael, a senior anti-corruption detective brought in from outside of AC-12. Her first episode will air this coming Sunday (April 28th) at 9pm.
The suspicious amongst you might note that Patricia Carmichael is one rank senior to that of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar). “I’m delighted and flattered an actor of Anna Maxwell Martin’s status agreed to play this pivotal role in Line of Duty”, said series creator and showrunner Jed Mercurio. “Anna was a pleasure to work with and brought real depth to the character of DCS Carmichael.”
“I’ve been a fan of Line of Duty for years, so was dead chuffed to be part of series five. I’m so pleased I no longer have to keep it a secret!”, added Anna Maxwell Martin. “I feel honoured to follow in the footsteps of the host of great actors who make up the Line of Duty family, and Jed Mercurio – of course – has written a brilliant character in Carmichael. She’s a woman on a mission.”
Created by Jed Mercurio, Line Of Duty follows police anti-corruption unit AC-12. The drama series is produced by World Productions and stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Maya Sondhi, Polly Walker, Aiysha Hart, Tony Pitts and Andrea Irvine. Mercurio is the showrunner and serves as an executive producer alongside Simon Heath and Priscilla Parish for World Productions, and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. The BBC has already ordered a sixth season.