Line of Duty deaths – all the major exits explained

Abby Robinson
·7-min read
Photo credit: World Productions / Steffan Hill - BBC
Photo credit: World Productions / Steffan Hill - BBC

Line of Duty spoilers follow.

It's not always easy to predict what twists and turns Line of Duty has in store for us, but we can always count on Jed Mercurio to chuck a few grisly deaths in there along the way.

Over the course of its six seasons, the police corruption drama has severed ties with myriad faces – some deserving of their wretched fates, others less so – and we've decided to round up all of the major exits for you because we're extremely morbid helpful.

Remember this lot?

Tony Gates – season 1

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Photo credit: BBC


Lennie James' character committed suicide by walking on to a motorway, where he was struck by a lorry.

The DCI wasn't involved in organised crime, but he had helped to cover up his mistress Jackie Laverty's involvement in a hit-and-run. Once that became common knowledge, he would be ruined, both losing his job and earning himself a hefty prison sentence.

He told Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) to record his death as killed "in the line of duty", which would ensure his family would receive ample compensation following his passing.

Jackie Laverty - season 1

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Photo credit: World Productions - BBC

Gina McKee's character had her throat slit by OCG members, who were acting on the orders of Tommy Hunter (Brian McArdie). Jackie had been laundering money for him.

Her remains were later stuffed in Terry Boyle's (Tommy Jessop) freezer.

Tommy Hunter – season 2

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Photo credit: BBC

Brian McArdie's character was the OCG boss, terrorising numerous characters until he met his own bitter end.

He was being transferred from a safe house under DI Lindsay Denton's (Keeley Hawes) watchful eye when the convoy was ambushed by his criminal associates, who were concerned that he'd dob them in to the authorities. He was taken to intensive care, where corrupt detective Jeremy Cole (Henry Pettigrew), disguised as a nurse, killed him.

But some fans believe that Hunter is still alive given that we never saw the body.

Georgia Trotman - season 2

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Photo credit: BBC


Jessica Raine's character was chucked out of a window by Cole and plummeted to her death after the DC attempted to stop him from killing Hunter.

Danny Waldron - season 3

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Photo credit: World Productions/Steffan Hill


Daniel May's character was one of the long-suffering children from Sands View Boys Home, which was a cesspit of child sexual exploitation that went unchallenged for years because of the OCG and its bent coppers.

During a dugs raid, the sergeant was shot by PC Hari Bains (Arsher Ali), who was under the thumb of DI Matthew "Dot" Cottan (Craig Parkinson), and he died of his injuries.

Lindsay Denton - season 3

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Photo credit: BBC


Keeley Hawes' character was shot dead in her car by Dot, but before the life drained from her she had successfully sent AC-12 Danny's hit list. It detailed the men who had abused him at Sands View and was a golden nugget in the unit's investigation into corruption within the force and how it linked to OCG activity.

Hunter, former Chief Superintendent Patrick Fairbank (George Costigan) and counsellor Dale Roach were all on there, among others.

'Dot' Cottan - season 3

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Photo credit: Steffan Hill - BBC


As he was being interrogated by Ac-12, Dot fired off the following text: "Urgent exit required". One of the armed officers guarding the room proceeded to open fire on those within, allowing Dot to flee.

Kate was hot on his tail but despite her best efforts, it looked like she was about to say hello to the grim reaper when Dot's associate turned his gun on her. But he shunned the opportunity to escape, instead taking the bullet for his colleague, and he died at the scene.

We later found out that during his dying declaration, Dot informed Kate about the mysterious "H".

Rod Kennedy - season 3

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Will Mellor's character was found hanging in a warehouse. Hari took the blame, but many believe that Dot was responsible.

He had been killed after threatening to report the truth about Waldron's death.

Derek Hilton - season 4

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Photo credit: World Productions

The death of Paul Higgins' character was made to look like suicide, but none of us were falling for that.

Hilton's body was found at the exact location where Oliver Stephens-Lloyd (a social worker who was trying to blow the whistle on Sands View), and later Maneet Bindra were also discovered.

Hilton was the man behind Dot's Ac-12 hire.

Tim Ifield - season 4

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Photo credit: World Productions


Jason Watkins' character was killed by Roz Huntley, played by Thandiwe Newton. The pair struggled over the power-saw that he was going to use to dismember her body, believing Roz to be dead. But she woke up, they fought and Roz nicked his neck during the chaos, causing him to bleed out.

She believed she wouldn't be able to prove self-defence and decided to cover it up herself.

Maneet Bindra - season 5

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Photo credit: World Productions

Maya Sondhi's character was another party who had been swept up in the OCG's tentacles. She was feeding classified information to Hilton, who would then pass it along to key criminal movers and shakers.

Maneet struck a deal with the OCG to protect her cousin Vihan, who was serving time in jail. Her throat was slit when OCG members discovered that her phone was bugged, and her body was dumped at the jetty.

John Corbett - season 5

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Photo credit: BBC/World Productions

Stephen Graham's character had his throat slit (that old chestnut) by Ryan Pilkington (Gregory Piper). Corbett, who was working undercover in the OCG, was trying to free a room full of women who were being trafficked for sex work. Stupidly, he believed that Lisa McQueen (Rochenda Sandall) was on his side but unknown to him, she knew that he was a rat and they orchestrated his murder.

Lester Hargreaves - season 5

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Tony Pitts' character was a corrupt detective who was killed by Corbett during the raid on the Eastfield depot. He was the one who informed the OCG about the trackers on their loot.

Corbett opened fire on his legs to wound rather than kill him. He believed that Hargreaves was the top dog pulling the strings and wanted him to be hauled in for questioning. But he died as a result of his injuries.

In an attempt to explain his actions to his criminal associates, Corbett claimed that Hargreaves had double-crossed them.

Ryan Pilkington - season 6

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Photo credit: World Productions / Steffan Hill - BBC

Piper's character was shot twice in the chest by Kate following a tense standoff between the pair.

Joanne Davidson (Kelly McDonald) had been told to "get rid of" Kate by the the mystery OCG member behind the laptop screen and lured her to a lorry park. But unlike Jo, who supposedly wanted to offer Kate "a way out", Ryan was more than happy to get the job done. Unfortunately for him, he fell at the final hurdle.

Jimmy Lakewell - season 6

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Patrick Baladi's character was a solicitor who was involved in organised crime. He was also a friend of Roz's husband Nick, and acted as a legal representative for both of them.

He was strangled to death in prison by OCG member Lee Banks (Alastair Natkiel) while DS Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) trembled in the corner of the cell.

Marcus Thurwell - season 6

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Photo credit: BBC

Marcus Thurwell (James Nesbitt) is a name we've only just learned, but he's been lurking in the shadows from day one. He was the Senior Investigating Officer heading up the Oliver Stephens-Lloyd case, and that of Lawrence Christopher, which Hunter's son was involved in.

Buckells and Chief Inspector Philip Osborne (Owen Teale) were also part of Thurwell's team at the time, and all signs point towards Thurwell sabotaging that investigation to ensure that Hunter's son didn't face jail time.

During a raid on his property carried out by the Spanish police, Thurwell was supposedly found dead. Naturally a number of viewers disputed that.

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