Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure shares sweet nickname given to her by Adrian Dunbar

Vicky McClure has dished the dirt on the behind-the-scenes drama from Line Of Duty.

The BBC crime drama is back on screens this weekend, following a difficult production process that included a lengthy pause to adapt to COVID-19 safety protocols last year.

Speaking to Cosmpolitan to promote the brand-new series of Line of Duty, Vicky who plays DC Kate Fleming, revealed that her co-stars rarely call her by her actual name, and instead, use her ‘nickname’.

“We have loads of nicknames on set,” the actress explained.

“But calling each other ‘29’ has stuck since day one.

“Neil Morrissey, who played DC Nigel Morton, asked me what the time was, and I just said 29’, and now it’s how we all refer to each other.”

Ahead of the new series, Vicky also opened up about the show’s surprising celebrity fans.

She told the publication: “We did have The Fonz, aka Henry Winkler, tweet us that he's a fan of the show which was the biggest moment for us all.

“He's the biggest man on earth! It's gone stateside. And who's cooler than The Fonz? So that's always stuck with me.”

And as fans hope for long-awaited answers in the sixth series, which starts on Sunday, the three central stars have all admitted that their characters could be killed off at any given moment.

Vicky and her co-stars Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar have been in the show since it began in 2012, but they know no one is safe from writer Jed Mercurio’s jaw-dropping plot twists.

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Lifting the lid on her fate on the show, the actress admitted: “It would be a massive shame. When that day comes because you know nothing lasts forever. It will be a really sad time.

“It’s the longest-standing job that I’ve ever had. So yeah, I’ll keep going until I’m told not to.”

The pair return alongside Adrian as Ted Hastings and several new characters including DCI Joanne Davidson, played by Giri/Haji star Kelly MacDonald.

Line of Duty airs on BBC1 on Sunday at 9pm.

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