Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson opens up on lasting friendship with co-stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston

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Line of Duty fans are strapping in for the penultimate episode of the hit BBC police drama and the end of the sixth series is in sight.

So, while we’re waiting to see just how complicated Jo Davidson’s family tree actually is, we thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Craig Parkinson about how close the cast really are.

Never one to disappoint, Craig told us that “everybody’s like a family.” Speaking to OK!, he revealed he’s still close to co-stars including Vicky McClure and Martin Compston despite leaving the show at the end of the third series.

Craig explained: “Prior to season one of Line of Duty, myself and Martin had done two or three independent films together, so we were firm friends.

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“And everybody’s just like a family. I still speak to Lennie James, I was on the phone to Neil Morrissey two days ago. We’re all still there.”

Being close pals with the current Line Of Duty stars doesn't grant him access to spoilers though.

“If I wanted to know [spoilers], would they tell me? Probably not," he said. "But I don’t want to know, I want to go on the ride with everyone else. Season six has been very exciting.”

The much-loved actor – who is set to star in a Sky One's new out-of-this-world drama, Intergalactic- also revealed he still gets recognised for his stretch in the BBC favourite.

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“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get stopped, but Dot’s such an iconic character that Jed created. It’s not a pain, I love talking about it, it’s a brilliant show, I’m really proud of it," he said.

Craig, now 45, played Matthew ‘Dot’ Cotton in series one to three of the show. After working his way up from Detective Sergeant to Detective Inspector, Dot was killed after escaping from AC-12 custody.

Since then, Craig has starred in Indian Summers,Temple and The English Game. However, he told us his latest project, Intergalactic, has given him “a taste for more science fiction.”

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When asked about the show, which he dubbed “exciting, really gripping and bloody funny,” Craig said: "It would be easy to put the label of sci-fi on it but it’s so much more than that. It’s a strong female ensemble, a prison break, dark comedy. There’s loads in there.”

He continued: “I know when you promote a show you sy, “I’ve never seen sets like this before,” but I’m being serious, I’ve actually never seen anything like this before.”

Intergalactic airs on Sky One on Fridays at 9pm.

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