Who is Adrian Dunbar? Line of Duty star who plays SI Ted Hastings and Hear My Song actorMarch 24, 2019
HE’S a familiar face on British television as well as on stage and in film.
And Adrian Dunbar is back soon on our screens as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the fifth series of Line of Duty. Here’s what you need to know about the actor…
Who is Adrian Dunbar?
Adrian was born on August 1 1958 and raised in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, the eldest of seven siblings.
He was educated by the Presentation Brothers, an international Catholic congregation of laymen whose mission is to “form Christ in the Young” which they do through education.
Adrian then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster in June 2009 in recognition of his services to acting
He has a daughter and stepson from his marriage to Australian actress Anna Nygh and he currently lives in Crouch End, north London.
What were Adrian’s first notable roles?
In 1993 he came to prominence when he starred and co-wrote the Bafta-nominated comedy film Hear My Song in which he also played the lead.
The following year he starred alongside Stephen Rea and Miranda Richardson in the critically-acclaimed film The Crying Game.
Adrian has also starred in TV shows such as Inspector Morse, Cracker and Murphy’s Law.
What has Adrian been in recently?
He starred as Martin Summers, the main antagonist in the BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes.
He also appeared in the last ever episode of A Touch of Frost and Death in Paradise.
Adrian also starred in the Rose d’Or nominated film The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce.
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When is Line of Duty series five on BBC One?
The fifth season of Line Of Duty will premiere on BBC One on March 31, 2019.
Filming for the series began in Belfast in September 2018.
After series four concluded, the BBC announced Line Of Duty had been renewed for two more series – so we’ll be getting a series six too.
BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I am very excited to say there’s not one but two more series of Line Of Duty. So hooray for AC-12!”
Who does he play in Line of Duty?
In 2012 he was cast as Superintendent Ted Hastings, the head of an anti-corruption squad.
He has kept his native accent for the role and told the Belfast Telegraph: “It was useful at the start to make Hastings from here, especially if he had been involved for many years in counter-terror.
“There’s a lot of instances where people came, after 15 or 20 years in the RUC, and went into other police services across the UK, in particular the MET.
“So that kind of makes sense.”
He has reprised his role for the fifth series which starts on March 31, 2019 on BBC1.