Line of Duty newbie Kelly Macdonald reveals why she had to quit watching show ahead of series 6

LINE of Duty newbie Kelly Macdonald has revealed why she had to quit the show ahead of debut in series six.

The 45-year-old actress – who plays Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson in the BBC police drama -started watching the show to help prep for her new role, but stopped after season four.

The star admitted that she started to second guess her acting abilities after watching such great performances from the likes of actresses Keeley Hawes (DI Lindsay Denton) and Thandie Newton (DCI Roz Huntley).

"It started getting close to the beginning of filming and I really started panicking.

"And Thandie was being so good," she recently told the Guardian.

The actress – who has starred in the likes of Trainspotting, Harry Potter and Nanny McPhee – also admitted that she felt slightly out of her comfort zone because the new role was completely different to anything she'd done before.

She added: "I’d never done as much dialogue on any job.

"The jobs I’ve done have been emotional dialogue and this was a different thing – it’s information.

"My first thought was that this would be really challenging, and that’s probably a good thing, but I did have to think about it."

Kelly will hit our screens later this month for the highly anticipated sixth season of Jed Mercurio's Line of Duty.

The show first premiered back in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most popular British dramas of all time.

It follows AC-12 and their mission to suss out corrupt police officers within the police force.

Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) will be joined by Kelly's new alter-ego Joanne as they try to sniff out the baddies during the seven-part season.

They'll also be joined by newbie DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin) too.

Over the past nine years, fans have been scratching their heads to try and figure out who 'H' is and an explosive trailer released earlier today has given viewers a game-changing clue as to who it might be.

Bishop turns to Arnott and asks if he thinks there's a fourth man involved within the OCG.

The copper simply replied: "Man or woman?"

This backs up the fan theory that 'H' could be a collective group of influential female officers within the force.

Watch the first episode of season six on March 21 2021 on BBC One


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