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Line Of Duty's Daniel Mays praised by viewers for playing 'a nasty piece of work'

Line Of Duty returned to BBC2 for its third series, with Daniel Mays featured in the cast as Sergeant Danny Waldron… And fans were quick to express their appreciation of the top cop drama on social media.

Audiences were treated to Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings, also known as fictional anti-corruption police unit AC-12.

In the gritty cop drama, Danny is the leader of an armed response unit. However, his unpredictable behaviour has become a threat to colleagues and suspects.

Daniel Mays in BBC Two's Line Of Duty

Daniel Mays in BBC2’s Line Of Duty (Steffan Hill/BBC/World Productions)

 

One line summed it all up: “We are protecting the public. Sometimes it means protecting them from our own officers”.

As Steve tells Danny: “Easiest way to get away with killing someone – be a police officer.”

Writer and director Jed Mercurio delivered, according to Daniel, “a thrilling and emotionally raw script”.

Sgt Danny Waldron is a dangerous man. What is he hiding? #LineOfDuty pic.twitter.com/pB0oqb83zi

— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) March 24, 2016

 

And yes, Twitter agreed. This was British drama at its best – and as for that cliffhanger of an ending? Wow!

Viewers posting on the social media site also had a good deal to say about the Essex-born star – and the character he plays.

That was arresting TV!

NO!!! That was fantastic telly x #LineOfDuty

— Sally Ann Matthews (@SallyAnMatthews) March 24, 2016

 

Crikey, now that's good British telly #LineOfDuty

— Oli Harbottle (@olidogwoof) March 24, 2016

 

Wasn't expecting it to end like that. #LineOfDuty

— Chief Editor | MG (@ChiefEditorMG) March 24, 2016

 

Bugger, didn't see that one coming! #LineofDuty

— Fan of PF (@Peter_FirthFans) March 24, 2016

 

#LineOfDuty Wow, Wow, wow #gripped

— Mike Penketh (@mikepenk84) March 24, 2016

 

I'm gripped. I'm hooked. Wow! On the edge of my seat throughout #LineOfDuty

— Grant Williams (@grant_williams) March 24, 2016

 

Daniel is a top-notch actor

Danny Mays: He's just gotten consistently better over the many years he's been on stage and screen. #LineOfDuty Loved him in #AshestoAshes

— Alex Kessie (@alexandrakessie) March 24, 2016

 

Daniel Mays playing the part of a cocky copper superbly #LineOfDuty

— Kathy (@kathy136) March 24, 2016

 

You gotta love that Danny Mays, awesome British actor! Loved everything he's been in!! #Britishdramas #LineOfDuty

— ImperfectGirl (@Imperfect77) March 24, 2016

 

Always liked Daniel Mays, he's always stood in out in the smaller parts he's had over the years #LineOfDuty

— TrayChic73 (@Traytini) March 24, 2016

 

Daniel Mays……bloody awesome #LineOfDuty

— H (@h_dempo) March 24, 2016

 

Daniel Mays is so brilliantly bad! Pleasure to have you back #LineOfDuty

— Christina (@ChrissieLyn) March 24, 2016

 

Danny is a nasty piece of work

You really wouldn't want to work on the same term as Danny, would you? His idea of teamwork is look after number one. #LineOfDuty

— NomadicWriter (@NomadicWriter) March 24, 2016

 

Bet the team are absolutely ecstatic at the prospect of working with Danny again. With firearms. #LineOfDuty

— Shortcrust Pie (@shortcrustpie) March 24, 2016

 

I hope Danny is not a true reflection of police officers licensed to use guns. #LineOfDuty

— Mercury Kenny (@MercuryKenny) March 24, 2016

 

I don't think Danny will make a very good boyfriend #justsayin #LineOfDuty

— Rachael A (@RachyTweets) March 24, 2016

 

My this Danny is a nasty piece of work #LineOfDuty

— Rachael A (@RachyTweets) March 24, 2016

 

Well #LineOfDuty already extraordinarily good. Danny reminds me scarily of an editor I know…no guessing in the press ranks please :))

— fidelma cook (@fidelmacook) March 24, 2016

 

Line of Duty continues on BBC2, Thursday, March 31, 9.00pm