Off Duty, bit­ter TV en­e­mies who be­came the best of friends

Daily Mail - - News - By Susie Coen TV and Ra­dio Re­porter

‘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

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