Line of Duty bosses ‘launch investigation’ as BBC website ‘accidentally leaks major actor’ joining series

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The BBC have reportedly launched an investigation after an incoming Line of Duty character was accidentally unveiled.

A clip shared on BBC Maestro, which sells online screenwriting courses, is said to have revealed the identity of the celebrity who will be appearing on Sunday 18 April’s episode.

The mystery top actor is said to be joining the popular drama on Sunday evening, when the fifth episode of the latest season airs at 9pm.

BBC Maestro is said to have removed the clip, but there are some major hints about who the famous face could be – which we will not be revealing.

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In the video, the actor’s face could reportedly be seen on a database being searched by AC-12’s Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compton.

According to The Sun, a source said: “This is an embarrassing and humiliating blunder. A lot of time and effort had gone into keeping the star’s role a secret.

“Line of Duty goes to a lot of trouble making sure nothing gets out to ruin the surprise for viewers — but the BBC has shot itself in the foot on this and broken its own embargo.”

It was also claimed that the BBC show’s writer Jed Mercurio was good-humoured about the blunder.

He said: “The outstanding detective work of eagle-eyed Line of Duty fans has been awarded a glowing commendation from the gaffer himself, Supt Ted Hastings. Their call-up papers for AC-12 are in the post!”

BBC declined to comment when contacted by OK! online.

But, it’s been claimed that the show’s bosses are “incandescent” about the error.

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It comes after the show announced that fan-favourite Anna Maxwell Martin will be back as Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael in the next episode, which airs on Sunday.

Actress Anna, 43, confirmed the news as she 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.”

BAFTA winner Anna previously appeared in the show’s fifth series when she was brought in as DCS Carmichael, an independent anti-corruption investigator from AC-3 as suspicions over AC-12 boss Superintendent Ted Hastings rose.

The latest episodes of the series have seen another downfall for Ted, played by Adrian Dunbar, as he was called into a meeting and told he was being forced to retire.

Line of Duty continues at 9pm on Sunday on BBC One.

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