Line of Duty cast: Who plays Carmichael in Line of Duty?

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Line of Duty season six recently came to an end and fans were nervous to see the return of DCS Particia Carmichael. She was introduced in season five of the series and her presence usually means something corrupt or disastrous has occurred. Who plays Carmichael in Line of Duty? has everything you need to know.

Who plays Carmichael in Line of Duty?

DCS Patricia Carmichael is played by Anna Maxwell-Martin in Line of Duty.

Viewers will most likely recognise Martin from her role as Julia in BBC’s Motherland.

Martin is also well known for her role as Esther Summerson in Bleak House and N in Poppy Shakespeare winning two BAFTA nominations for her performance.

Martin’s breakthrough role was as the leading role of Lyra in the National Theatre’s production of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in 2003.

She then went on to star as Bessie Higgins in North and South in 2004 and had a guest role in Doctor Two in 2005.

Martin is also well known for her role as Cassandra Austen in the 2007 film Becoming Stage, starring opposite Anne Hathaway.

Her other well-known credits include Sarah Burton in South Riding, Kay Langrish in The Night Watch and Susan Gray in The Bletchley Circle.

Line of Duty fans may also recognise Martin from her role as Mary Shelley in the ITV series, The Frankenstein Chronicles, where she starred alongside Sean Bean, Tom Ward and Vanessa Kirby.

Most recently, Martin played the role of Beelzebub in the Amazon Prime series Good Omens, starring alongside David Tennant and Michael Sheen.

She also starred in Code 404 as Kelly Major and as Mrs Strong in the film The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Ever since it was announced Martin would be returning to Line of Duty for the sixth series, fans have made clear their love-hate relationship for her Line of Duty character.

One fan tweeted: “To go from Carmichael to screaming in a toilet…I think Anna Maxwell Martin must be the greatest actor in the history of television… #annamaxwellmartin #LineOfDuty #Motherland ALL HAIL.”

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A second fan said: “Caught up with #LineOfDuty finale last night (avoided media all day) – there is definitely more to come. Carmichael is dodgy, Ted is not yet done, Kate is back in the fold and Osborne is still slippery. Gripping stuff.”

A third fan added: “Two favourite characters in Line of Duty so far: Dot Cotton (Accent, attitude) & Patricia Carmichael (Posh but cool sociopath).

“I just love their vibes.”

Whether Martin will return for the seventh series of Line of Duty remains unknown for now.

One thing is for sure, many Line of Duty fans suspect she is up to no good after she barged in on the offices of AC-12 and took over from Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar).

Some viewers are even certain he is H, despite Buckell’s (Nigel Boyle) being identified as the fourth member. will update this article when more information about season seven is available.

You can watch Martin in Motherland every Monday at 9pm on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer.

Line of Duty is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now


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