‘Unrecognisable’ Line of Duty star’s appearance leaves BBC viewers distracted

Line of Duty: Nigel Boyle on the possibility of seventh series

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Nigel Boyle who played Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells in Line of Duty appeared via video link on Monday’s BBC Breakfast to talk to Jon Kay and Louise Minchin about the finale of the BBC cop drama. In scenes which aired on Sunday night, Nigel’s character was finally revealed to be the fourth man, also known as H. As he discussed what it was like to keep his role a secret for so long, viewers couldn’t help but notice how the actor looked completely different to his Line of Duty character.

Taking to social media, one viewer said: “So, its dopey Buckles looks like a different bloke.” (sic)

Another penned: “Hardly recognised “Buckells” on BBC Breakfast.”

A third added: “Buckells new identity is very effective.

A fourth wrote: “Nigel looks younger when not being pressurised by Ted off screen. Unless it is all al ruse and Buckells is a scapegoat.”

“He looks totally different! Buckles has lost like three stone,” a fifth noticed.

In response, another joked: “Prison food.”

A sixth fan said: “Buckles on BBC Breakfast. I’d never have recognised him.”

The finale of Line of Duty, which aired on Sunday night, concluded with viewers finally discovering the identity of H.

The fourth man’s identity was revealed by DC Chloe Bishop (Shalom Brune-Franklin), who had done some digging into any previous police records with the spelling “definately”.

To AC-12’s frustration, it was revealed Detective Superintendent Buckells, who was the Fourth Man, who simply did it for the money.

Speaking about how he felt when he found out his character was H, Nigel began: “I was buzzing with excitement.

“I never suspected it because I know how Jed leads people down the garden path with really good red herrings, so I didn’t really pay too much attention to things like Buckells’ golf clubs etc, but clearly I should have done.”

He continued: “I’d fully bought into the idea that Buckells was low on competence levels but looking back it all makes sense.”

The actor went on to add he had known about H’s identity for a long time.

 “I’ve been sitting on it for a long time,” he added.

“The only person I told was my wife, nobody else, I know how much is at stake.”

“Even if you tell someone you trust with your life, they might tell someone they trust with their life and then suddenly more and more people know.

“When friends have asked me who H is, I’ve just said there isn’t an H.”

When quizzed on whether there could be a season seven of Line of Duty, Nigel simply teased: “No comment.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One and Line of Duty is available to watch in the BBC iPlayer.

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