Vicky McClure on ‘Line of Duty’ Season 6: 'We enjoy playing with people!'

Line of Duty star Vicky McClure as Kate Fleming.
Line of Duty star Vicky McClure tackles a tough new investigation as DI Kate Fleming. (Image credit: C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill)

After six series of playing dedicated cop DI Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, Vicky McClure has become adept at keeping the show’s many twists and turns a secret.

As Line of Duty Season 6 begins on Sunday March 21 on BBC1, Kate and DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) find life tough after the allegations that were made against AC-12 boss Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) in the last run, while the anti-corruption team’s new nemesis DCI Joanne Davidson (Kelly Macdonald) proves their most enigmatic adversary to date.

So, we unleashed our best AC-12-style interrogation techniques and took McClure in for questioning to find out more…

Vicky on how Kate is feeling at the start of 'Line of Duty' Season 6

“We're about 18 months on and facing the consequences of what went on because things have made them question the trust within the team. Also, Kate's tricky personal life is in there too…”

Vicky on working with new cast members Kelly Macdonald, who plays DCI Joanne Davidson, and Shalom Brune-Franklin, who plays AC-12’s new recruit DC Chloe Bishop

Vicky McClure and Kelly Macdonald in Line of Duty.

Does Kate (Vicky McClure) have suspicions about Joanne (Kelly Macdonald)? (Image credit: C) World Productions - Photographer: Steffan Hill)

“Shalom has got some of the most difficult dialogue in the history of Line Of Duty.  I don't know how she did it! And Kelly is a great laugh and an incredible actor. 

"We were really grateful to have a new guest lead that fits straight into the Line of Duty family. We had some brilliant scenes to do together and enjoyed many jigsaws together! I think everyone will be blown away with Jo’s storyline. It couldn’t have been in better hands.” 

Vicky on stopping filming during the pandemic

“It was a strange time, personally, for everybody. We'd all just got into our stride really and were about four weeks into filming, so, it was a real shame. But the production have been amazing at keeping everybody safe. 

It helps that Jed [Mercurio, the writer] is a doctor, so he knows his stuff! But we hope that you won't really notice when you actually watch the show that it was tricky, and hopefully the social distance doesn't feel too obvious.”

Vicky on building up the tension on 'Line of Duty'

“I think people enjoy the fact that we don’t drop all the episodes at once, which is quite old-fashioned now but it gives people the chance to build up the suspense, work it out for themselves and have all these theories. 

"And social media is a great platform for everybody to share their thoughts. We just enjoy playing with people!”

Vicky on 'Line of Duty’s' continued success

“We never expected the show to take off in the way that it has. And it's just quite surreal. It's not lost on us the sort of anticipation for this series, every time it just feels quite intense. And more so now than ever.” 

Vicky on getting Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compton to dance on social media

“We were going through a rough time as a country and I wanted to make people smile and I knew if I got those two on TikTok, it’d do just that, so it was a worthy cause! When you’re on set and it's stressful, messing about has to happen.”

When can I watch 'Line of Duty' Season 6?

The new seven-part series of Line of Duty airs on Sunday March 21 on BBC1 at 9pm and will also air on BBC iPlayer, where you can also catch up with the previous five series.

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.