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Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure speaks out on dispute with co-stars ‘We p*** each other off’

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Line Of Duty star Vicky McClure, 37, who plays DI Kate Fleming in the popular BBC drama, said while the cast are “like family”, they have had their ups and downs after long hours of filming. But, she stressed it’s “never something so bad it’s not repairable”.

The reality of it is of course we have p***** each other off.

Vicky McClure

Vicky returned for the show’s sixth series last weekend with her co-stars including Adrian Dunbar, who plays Supt Ted Hastings, and Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott.

She said: “You can have a laugh and if anything it’s Adie who gets the brunt of it having to put up with me and Martin acting like a pair of school kids around him. There’s a perfect dynamic.

“The reality of it is of course we have p***** each other off.

“It would be wrong of me to say ‘that has never happened’ as that would be a lie,” she added to The Mirror.

The actress went on to say tension may arise on set if they’ve had little sleep due to learning lines.

She added: “I might not have had any sleep that night.

“He might not have had any sleep or loads of lines to learn, you get up to set, you are knackered, there’s a lot going on.”

Line Of Duty’s series six premiere pulled in almost 10 million viewers last Sunday, making it Britain’s third most watched show of the year.

On filming during the coronavirus pandemic, the actress said restrictions didn’t get in the way of shooting their action-packed scenes.

She explained: “The biggest changes for us was the studio set.

“The AC-12 interview room, that’s a no-no for COVID because it’s an enclosed space in this glass box and we shoot it in the BT Tower in Belfast.

“And so we built that into a studio, so there was no roof and it was ventilated and it’s much safer,” she added to Digital Spy.

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The BBC star went on to say there was “so much safety” in place, meaning the cast were able to do scenes which were already scheduled.

Vicky has also likened series six to the third season, adding: “It’s got a similar tone to it.”

This time around, Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson’s (Kelly Macdonald) suspicious conduct has attracted the attention of AC-12. Could she be a bent copper?

Elsewhere, Martin opened up about how the team managed to keep the storylines top secret.

The actor said scripts now come with “watermarks, passwords [and] all sorts” after previously receiving them in the post.

He explained: “What’s tough is the circus that follows us around during filming now. Crowds gather, and if you’re trying to do intimate scenes on the street, it’s non-stop camera flashes.”

“You have to be extra careful,” he added to The Guardian.

Line of Duty continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with all previous episodes available now on BBC iPlayer.

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