Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson hints at ‘tragic’ ending as he fears AC12’s Steve ‘might be heading for the chop’

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Former Line of Duty star Craig Parkinson is no stranger to the twists and turns of the acclaimed BBC One drama, having starred in the show up until series three.

But now the star, who played corrupt cop Matthew “Dot” Cottan, has revealed he is beginning to worry that one of the series’ most popular characters could meet a tragic end as series six plays out on our screens.

Speaking on his podcast, Obsessed with… Line of Duty, Craig said he has a foreboding feeling that something “tragic” is going to occur as the plot unravels over the next few episodes.

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Addressing the mysterious ‘lies cost lives’ tagline that has been heavily used to advertise the series, Craig confessed: “Already, it’s scaring me.”

He added: “I feel something tragic is gonna happen to some character that we love.”

The 45 year old actor continued that he was particularly concerned about the show’s three lead cast members – DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar).

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“What the hell are we gonna do if something happens to Kate, Steve or Ted?” he asked the podcast’s guest Jessie Cave.

They then took it in turns to share their theories on where this series could go, and whose demise we might end up seeing – with Craig predicting Steve could be a goner.

“See, do you know who I think might be heading for the chop, so to speak?” he asked. “It’s poor Steve, at the moment.”

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Observing that Steve is having a tough time with his back pain and painkiller consumption, he continued to describe him as a “a broken” man, saying it was only adding to his worry.

Craig, who is still close friends with his former co-stars, continued that whatever happens, he hopes viewers won’t see the end of AC12 boss Ted.

“Imagine if it was Ted! The whole of the UK would be in mourning, there would be a national Ted Hastings memorial day.”

The current series is following the story of enigmatic cop DCI Joanne Davidson, played by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, as AC12 continue with their investigation into her conduct.

Speaking about what diehard fans can expect over the coming weeks, actor Adrian Dunbar teased: “the past really does come back to haunt us all in this series, one way or another.”

“For those people who have been sticking with the series right from the get-go, who follow it forensically, there's going to be a lot of payoffs.”

Line of Duty continues on Sunday evenings at 9pm on BBC One.

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