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”.


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!







Daniel is a top-notch actor







Danny is a nasty piece of work






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



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