Kelly Macdonald admits she had a ‘real issue’ with her new role in Line Of Duty series 6

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Kelly Macdonald, 45, takes centre stage in the latest series if the highly-anticipated police drama of Line Of Duty, as Senior Investigating Officer DCI Joanne Davidson, whose unconventional behaviour attracts the attention of the notorious anti-corruption unit 12. While fans eagerly await season six that begins next Sunday, the actress revealed she had a “real issue” with this latest role before she accepted it.

The real issue was the sheer number of words I had to learn

Kelly Macdonald

Speaking of her debut as a suspect of corruption in a recent interview, Macdonald noted that there were couple of things she was worried about that almost made her turn down the opportunity, as her nerves nearly got the better of her.

She thought that Keeley Hawes, who portrayed DI Lindsay Denton in the second and third series was “remarkable”, and her predecessor managed to settle some of her anxiety; talking her “down from the ledge” by exchanging messages.

“Talk about a big act to follow!” she laughed.

“It’s a horrible thing to ask of someone!”

But there was another problem that was really weighing on her mind.

She continued: “The real issue was the sheer number of words I had to learn.

“When I saw the script, my first instinct was to run a mile. It’s all addresses and dates and police jargon, especially when I was interviewing suspects.”

Macdonald added that Hawes reassured her that it wasn’t as hard as it looks.

The former Black Mirror star also admitted that she felt like she couldn’t say no after Martin Compston, who has played AC-12’s Steve Arnott since the series began, also urged her to do it.

“He was so excited. He said, ‘Hey! You’ve got to do it!’” she recalled.

“It got to the point where I didn’t feel I could run away from it. I thought it might actually be a good challenge and it really was.”

Macdonald added to Radio Times: “Although I still can’t believe I got through some of it!”

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Upon accepting the role, surprisingly the 45-year-old hadn’t watched a single episode of the hugely successful gritty drama.

“I’ve not watched lots of things! I saw bits of it on Gogglebox and of course I was aware of its success,” she explained.

“I got halfway through season four and stopped because it was getting too close to the start of the shoot.

“I was getting proper nerves and watching Thandie Newton wasn’t making it easier!”

Kelly MacDonald’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

The new season of the police corruption thriller welcomes back the main cast including Compston, Vicky McClure as DI Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Since its debut in 2012, it quickly became one of the most watched dramas in Britain, with only one question at the forefront of every viewer’s mind – who is the final member of H?

Kelly Macdonald discusses more things Line Of Duty in her full interview which is available to read now in Radio Times.

The latest series of Line Of Duty begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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