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Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar makes huge H revelation – and admits he is ‘relieved’

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has confirmed Superintendent Ted Hastings is not H.

Fans of the hit BBC show have been on tenterhooks waiting to find out the identity of the elusive bent copper, the Mirror reports.

In an interview with Elizabeth Day on her How To Fail podcast, Adrian revealed that the show’s creator Jed Mercurio told him he was not H.

“It was a relief for me, as I spent all this time playing this character and I always thought Ted had a sense of duty and a moral core,” he explained.

“And to have found out I was this arch villain . . . I would have been in real difficulty accepting that.

“Jed is aware of our audience and they know Ted has a sense of moral fortitude. I am glad he came out of it with flying colours.”

He added: “The police recognise me and they know there is a lot of slog in police work. We do show that it takes a long time for police to get to the answers.”

Adrian also opened up about working on the show.

“I would say emotionally, working in an abattoir is certainly more difficult than doing Line Of Duty because there is something about killing animals that eventually gets to you,” he said.

“You think you can handle that stuff, and believe me, it has not put me off a bacon sandwich, but at the same time there is no doubt that it eats into you and gets into your subconscious of what you are doing.

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“I mean, I did not literally kill the animals, I was further down the chain, but that was difficult.

“But learning Jed’s lines is also very difficult and the older you get, the more difficult it gets. You know acting — it does not get any easier.

“What used to come easy is now harder — certainly the lines do. But I, like a lot of people I was in the abattoir with, could not wait to get out, particularly in the winter, when you went in in the dark and you came out in the dark. That was a real killer.”

He added: “Now I realise what a privilege it is to be in a long-running TV series.

“The downside is you get attached to your character and the other characters and you don’t want it to stop, and with Jed you don’t know if you are going to be killed or end up being a baddie.”

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