LINE Of Duty actor Nigel Boyle has played Det Supt Ian Buckells since the very first series – but his profile shot up in last night's season six finale.
Nigel – who once starred in Peak Blinders also as a copper – used to be so skint he dodged train fares to get to ad castings.
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The Line Of Duty star was in over 100 ads, and dressed as a pink bunny for KFC in 2003, before finding fame.
Nigel, 41, said: "I was hiding in toilets."
The 41-year-old is now a dad-of-three, sharing sons Finnian, five, Decan Sonny, two, and a newborn with his wife Lainy Boyle.
The star welcomed his third child, a daughter called Cora Rose Boyle, last month.
The couple announced the arrival of their daughter in a sweet post on Instagram.
Lainy shared on April 8th: "Introducing Cora Rose Boyle, the third and final instalment of the Boyle baby trilogy!
"She just about let me make it to the Birth Centre on Tuesday morning before arriving 15 minutes later at 7.09am, weighing 7lb 6oz and has not stopped feeding since."
Last week Nigel's eldest headed to school for the first time, with the proud dad penning on Instagram: "Getting my eldest ready for school.
"My dad taught me how to tie a tie when I was in the infants, very important! No elastic here."
Nigel has also shown his love for Aston Villa – wearing a branded face mask during his time filming Line of Duty in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Nigel is also a professional guitarist and has had other notable acting roles, including a regular slot in Coronation Street.
He played solicitor Joe in Corrie from 2012 to 2015.
The actor also starred in Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans in 2015, and in an episode of the hit BBC period gangster drama Peaky Blinders in 2017.
Just last year, Nigel also appeared in Steve McQueen's acclaimed Small Axes playing the role of teacher Mr. Hamley.
However, Nigel's joined Line Of Duty in 2012.
He was revealed to be 'The Fourth Man' in last night's episode but Nigel had teased that there was more to his character back in 2017.
He told Digital Spy ahead of series four: "There's definitely more to Buckells than meets the eye!
"He's very competent, very good at what he does, he's the go-to guy, but he's certainly not a popular guy – he's petulant, and a bit of a jobsworth I think."
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