Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar confirms Ted Hastings is not 'H'

Amy West
·2-min read
Photo credit: World Productions / BBC / Bernard Walsh
Photo credit: World Productions / BBC / Bernard Walsh

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has confirmed that his character Superintendent Ted Hastings is not 'H', dispelling years' worth of fan speculation.

Viewers have been questioning whether the AC-12 boss is indeed the elusive bent copper, believed to be the fourth corrupt police officer feeding info to the Organised Crime Group (OCG) after Matthew 'Dot' Cottan (Craig Parkinson), Derek Hilton (Paul Higgins) and Gill Biggeloe (Polly Walker).

The latter spent series five trying to set Ted up, doing her utmost to convince his colleagues Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) that he was 'H'. Turns out, she was just trying to save her own skin.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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And while some fans still have their suspicions about Hastings, Dunbar has clarified once and for all on Elizabeth Day's How To Fail podcast that it's definitely not him.

"It was a relief for me, as I spent all this time playing this character and I always thought Ted had a sense of duty and a moral core," Dunbar explained, recalling the time showrunner Jed Mercurio told him outright that Hastings wasn't the faceless figure after all.

"And to have found out I was this arch villain... I would have been in real difficulty accepting that.

"Jed is aware of our audience and they know Ted has a sense of moral fortitude. I am glad he came out of it with flying colours."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Attempting to shed some light on why the show hasn't revealed who 'H' really is yet, the actor added: "The police recognise me and they know there is a lot of slog in police work. We do show that it takes a long time for police to get to the answers."

Later on in the interview, Dunbar opened up about "what a privilege it is to be in a long-running TV series" and that the only downside is that "you get attached to your character and the other characters", and you don't want it to ever end.

That, and for it to surprise you in ways you're not particularly fond of...

"With Jed, you don't know if you are going to be killed or end up being a baddie."

Line of Duty series 6 continues this Sunday (April 11) at 9pm on BBC One.

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