Line of Duty star didn’t tell anyone about audition for fear of interrogation

Line Of Duty welcomes a new face when the hit cop drama returns to TV screens on Sunday night.

But newcomer Shalom Brune-Franklin has revealed she deliberately stayed tight-lipped when auditioning for the show in case she got interrogated in real life.

Shalom joins AC-12 regulars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar for the sixth series of the popular anti-corruption police drama.

She plays DC Chloe Bishop and was “buzzing” when she discovered she’d landed the role.

“I didn’t tell anyone I was up for the part, as my friends and family would have started interrogating me,” Shalom confessed to the Radio Times.

“Everyone waiting to audition was buzzing. When I found out DC Bishop was a new member of AC-12, my excitement went through the roof."

It’s little wonder actress Shalom was delighted to be cast in the top BBC show, with eager fans desperate to discover who the mysterious H is.

H is believed to be a corrupt high-ranking police officer embedded in the force.

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And Shalom playfully refused to rule herself out as the bent copper.

She admitted her friends and family grilled her once she’d landed the role, hungry to

‘Who knows if I do or not,” Shalom teased. “They kept asking if I was H. I like to wind people up, sometimes I text friends in the middle of the night and say, ‘Does it annoy you that I know who H is?‘”

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The latest trailer for the new series is packed with plenty of action as the AC-12 team investigate an unsolved murder case that drops on their radar.

There’s a dramatic machine-gun showdown, car crashes and armed police charing up a stairwell as they try and apprehend a suspect.

And Shalom, who some fans will recognise for her role in Our Girl alongside Michelle Keegan, is thrown into the deep end of the dirty world of prosecuting organised crime.

She is joined in the new series by fellow actress Kelly McDonald, of Trainspotting fame.

Kelly plays DCI Joanne Davison, who is a senior investigating officer being looked at by AC-12 surrounding the unsolved murder.

Filming for the new series had to be temporarily postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, like on many shows and films.

And the show’s acclaimed writer Jed Mercurio recently revealed some parts of the new series are still being edited even though it's making its long-awaited comeback this weekend.

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