She played the stern DCI Patricia Carmichael in the hit drama Line of Duty.
And Anna Maxwell Martin, 44, has revealed that she still hasn’t even seen the final episode of the record-breaking sixth series, which revealed the elusive ‘H’ character.
The actress told thank you that she hadn’t had a chance to see the finale, which aired last month, because she was filming and the television in her hotel room isn’t working.
Still not watched: Anna Maxwell Martin, 44, who played DCI Patricia Carmichael in Line of Duty, admitted she still hasn’t seen the finale of the hit series that aired last month
About the last episode, which was watched by more than 15 million people, Anna said, “I haven’t seen it. My friends were quite mixed, some of them liked the ending because they felt it was open to new things. I liked that it was Nigel.
‘I’ve always found him hilarious. I’ve been away to film and my TV in my hotel isn’t working. I still haven’t spoken to the front desk. I’m like, ‘Oh I feel bad, they’re so nice!’
And despite the show’s popularity, Anna, who is mother to daughters Maggie and Nancy with ex-husband Roger Michell, revealed that she is rarely recognized on the street because her face is “rubbery” and “fades into the background.”
Following Line Of Duty’s roaring success, Anna talked about the much-talked-about prospect of a new series, but explained that she wouldn’t know it would happen until she was put on a plane to Belfast, where the series will be filmed.
Closing the series: Anna discussed the latest episode, which was watched by more than 15 million people, and said her friends’ opinions were “pretty mixed.”
Possible new series? When asked about the chances of a seventh series, Anna said she wasn’t in the in-crowd and wouldn’t know anything about a new series until she was on a plane to Belfast to film.
She said she’s not in the show’s “in-crowd” and that she would never hear about a possible comeback.
Series writer Jed Mercurio admitted late last month that it’s “too early” to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there is “clear potential” for a further plot about Owen Teale’s character, Philip Osborne.
While creator Jed, 55, isn’t sure if this will be the last season ever, he confirmed it’s possible he could explore the Chief Constable (Owen, 60) further in a future storyline.
When asked whether series six could be considered “a finale or a clearing up of the past” ahead of a fresh start, he replied Den Of Geek on Thursday: ‘I’d say it’s too early. It’s too early to draw that conclusion. It could be either one, or it could be something else.’
Revealing: Jed Mercurio admitted it’s ‘too early’ to consider whether the show will continue, but hinted there’s ‘clear potential’ for further plot about Philip Osborne
Referring to character Philip, he added, “I think if there’s more Line of Duty, there’s clearly potential.
“He’s a high-ranking liar, an outright liar and a past involvement in corruption in the Karim Ali and Lawrence Christopher cases.”
“Obviously there would be potential if we wanted to explore it, but it’s too early to say if we ever will.”
Jed also admitted that he pays extra attention to detail in his scripts these days because the way TV is consumed makes it much easier for people to go back and re-watch episodes.
Curious: Jed, 55, confirmed he could potentially explore the Chief Constable (played by Owen, 60, pictured) further in a future storyline
He explained to the publication: ‘We have embraced the fact that the way people watch TV has changed.
“In the old days, people only had one chance to watch and writers like me were often discouraged from going into too much detail because we were warned that the public would miss everything, while now the public has the option to go back – if they give about it, and I’m not saying they should.
“Some audience members care enough that they go back and watch again and it gives them a new perspective, so it’s part of our responsibility to reward them for that.”
However, Line Of Duty fans across the country were “fucking” last month as the series’ bloodcurdling finale drew to a close and the mysterious antagonist “H” was finally exposed.
Mystery: When asked whether series six could be considered “a finale, or a clearing up of the past” for a fresh start, he replied to Den of Geek: “I’d say it’s too early. It’s too early to draw that conclusion” (pictured Martin Compston as Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming)
Promising: Referring to character Philip, he added: ‘I think if there’s more Line of Duty, there’s clearly potential’
Seasoned fans took to social media to share their frustrations when officers from police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive “fourth man” who was colluding with the organized crime group (OCG). none other than DSU Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle).
It saw the words ‘fuming’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘underwhelming’ all trends on social media in the wake of the show.
And the disbelief that it could be him was compounded by the way he was caught only for his repeated misspelling of the word “sure” — hardly the blunder of a hardened criminal mastermind.
The detective — widely regarded as a bungling straw man until Sunday — was first introduced to viewers on series one as the SIO in the case of murdered businesswoman Jackie Laverty by then-Superintendent Derek Hilton.
Underwhelming: Line Of Duty fans across the country were left ‘fucking’ earlier this month as the nerve-wracking series finale drew to a close and the mysterious antagonist ‘H’ was finally exposed
Really? Seasoned fans took to social media to share their frustrations when officers from the AC-12 police anti-corruption unit discovered ‘H’ DSU was Ian Buckells
He later became Detective Chief Inspector in series four before being promoted to Chief Inspector again in this last series.
While the finale tied up a lot of unresolved storylines, there were still some gaping plot holes and storylines that remained unanswered.
In the sixth series, DI finally called Arnott to meet with Occupational Health, who noted that while he had not broken the law due to his overuse of painkillers, he had to surrender his firearms license.
However, the end of the 60-minute episode did not resolve the question of whether the team of Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, DI Kate Fleming and Chief Inspector Ted Hastings would return, ending with the revelation that the team “has never been weaker.”
There has been speculation about the mystery surrounding ‘H”s identity since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016, and detectives from the anti-corruption unit discovered that four officers were working within the police force. who had ties to the underground criminal network.
BBC bosses have yet to confirm whether the show will return, despite an average of 13 million viewers tuned in to the latest series, which has suffered multiple delays due to the Covid pandemic.
Detective Duty: The mystery surrounding ‘H”s identity has been speculated since his character was first mentioned at the end of series three, which aired in 2016