Which actress plays Patricia Carmichael in The Line of Duty?

LINE of Duty's next episode will see a return for one beloved character that fans first met in series five.

Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael will feature in episode five of the sixth series of the smash-hit show, which has viewers gripped every Sunday evening.

Which actress plays Patricia Carmichael?

DCSI Patricia Carmichael is played by Bletchley Circle star Anna Maxwell Martin.

As well as a number of successful television shows, the actress has enjoyed huge critical acclaim for her theatre work. The 47-year-old played Lyra in His Dark Materials at the Royal National Theatre.

She also took on the role of Esther Summerson in the BBC's 2005 adaptation of Bleak House, as well as "N" in Channel 4's 2008 adaptation of Poppy Shakespeare.

Maxwell Martin has won two BAFTA awards, three years apart.

Her first came in 2006, winning Best Actress for her role of Esther Summerson in Bleak House.

The second came in 2009 for her role of N in Poppy Shakespeare.


What has Anna Maxwell Martin said about playing Patricia Carmichael?

The BAFTA-winning actress remained particularly coy about her return to the hugely successful series.

Maxwell Martin said: "Pat’s back, I can’t remember what she’s doing there, nor would I be allowed to blab, but suffice to say she’s got some new clobber and she’s ready to bust some balls."

Following last week's episode ending on an almighty cliff hanger, DCS Carmichael will be returning to take control of the anti-corruption restructure given Superintendent Hasting's impending retirement.

Viewers first met Patricia Carmichael when she was introduced specifically to interrogate Superintendent Ted Hastings over his alleged links to the Organised Crime Gang.

Her bullish and quietly ruthless interrogation skills quickly endeared her to Line of Duty's huge fanbase.

DCS Carmichael was in charge of Anti-Corruption Unit 4 in the show's previous season.

When is Line of Duty season 6 next on TV and how can I watch it?

Line of Duty season 6 continues to air every Sunday 9pm on BBC One.

The first four episodes have already aired, but all Line of Duty action is available to watch at any time on BBC iPlayer following it's airing live.

If you want to catch up on the entirety of Line of Duty, seasons 1-5 are available to view on Netflix.

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