Who is DCI Marcus Thurwell on Line Of Duty?

HIT BBC police drama Line Of Duty’s latest twist is dodgy detective Marcus Thurwell.

But fans want to know how he fits into the plot and if he is involved in the OCG.

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Who is DCI Marcus Thurwell on Line Of Duty?

On April 19, 2021 (season 6, episode 5) fans were introduced to DCI Marcus Thurwell via a computer database.

He is a former senior investigating officer who was briefly mentioned in series three, but never seen.

Thuwell was involved in two cases that were being probed by Gail Vella, the TV journalist whose assassination is the mystery at the heart of the current sixth series.

In episode five, AC-12 hero DI Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston was shown discovering Thurwell’s involvement in the case of Lawrence Christopher.

Who plays DCI Marcus Thurwell?

Cold Feet star James Nesbitt plays DCI Marcus Thurwell.

His debut in episode five was all the more surprising for fans as the Northern Irish actor had previously lied about his anger at being snubbed for the show.

While promoting another police thriller also shot in Belfast, James told reporters: “Even though Line Of Duty had been shot here for years I was never considered for it, which has always slightly galled me.”

But the misdirection was all a ruse cooked up with Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio to keep his appearance top secret until the big reveal.

James was filming BBC1 series Bloodlands — which aired in February 2021 and was produced by Jed — when he was asked to join Line Of Duty.

As both shows are filmed around Belfast, it gave TV star James the perfect cover story when spotted out filming.

Jed even told passers-by that James was modelling for a catalogue while shooting at Belfast Marina — in a scene that was meant to depict his character retired in Spain.

Jed said: “It was easier to keep it secret by plotting the scheme between the two of us rather than involving a proper casting process.

“I did warn him there were two conditions: One, he’d have to wear shorts which might get very nippy on a cold day in Belfast and, two, he’d have to lie about it.

“The shoot at Belfast Marina went really smoothly, because the sun came out for about five minutes.

“I think people thought Jimmy was shooting an advert. I told passers-by he was modelling for a catalogue.

“The rest of the filming with Jimmy was done away from the public eye so we were able to keep his involvement totally top secret.”

When is Line of Duty series six next on BBC One?

Line Of Duty is back with season six's sixth episode on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

You can catch it on BBC One at 9pm.

After it has aired it will be available on the iPlayer.

 

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