Off Duty, bitter TV enemies who became the best of friends
‘Giggling the whole time’
SHE plays an uptight detective on the trail of a corrupt officer. He is her prime suspect.
So Line of Duty viewers may not be used to seeing Anna Maxwell Martin and Adrian Dunbar looking quite so relaxed in each other’s company.
The co-stars laughed and strolled arm-in-arm after a visit to London’s Claridge’s hotel.
It was a far cry from their tense scene on Sunday night when Miss Maxwell Martin’s DCS Patricia Carmichael grilled Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Dunbar, to find out if he is gang leader ‘H’.
Miss Maxwell Martin, 41, wore a stylish blue coat and matching trousers as they spent Monday afternoon together in the capital while giving media interviews. She teamed them with white boots and carried a purple Liberty shopping bag.
Dunbar, 60 – dressed in a blazer, smart trousers and checked shirt – placed a fond hand on Miss Maxwell Martin’s shoulder as they chatted.
The Irish actor, who has been married to Australian actress Anna Nygh for 33 years, has become a sex symbol since appearing on the show.
Viewers are hoping the finale of series five will finally reveal who ‘H’ is. Other suspects include lawyer Gill Bigelow, played by Polly Walker, who had a tryst with Hastings.
Miss Maxwell Martin, who has two children with South African director husband Roger Michell, has claimed Hastings will come to a ‘sticky end’ – triggering speculation that he will be killed off.
She also told how using police jargon on the show – such as OCG for organised crime group – had reduced her to fits of giggles. ‘It is quite hard,’ she told Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2. ‘I became hysterical throughout the whole whole time.’ process, A record giggling 7.8million the episode viewers of watched the fifth the series, first making it the most popular programme of the year so far. The finale will air on Sunday at 9pm on BBC 1.
The laughing policewoman: Anna Maxwell Martin with Adrian Dunbar
Affectionate: Dunbar pats his co-star’s co star’s shoulder
Tense: Scene from finale, to be screened on Sunday