Line Of Duty: Anna Maxwell Martin hints she based Patricia Carmichael on people she’s worked with

Her character evokes fury and hatred from avid Line Of Duty fans thanks to her catty put-downs and domineering presence at AC-12.

And actress Anna Maxwell Martin has hinted that she may have based her formidable character on people she’s worked with in the TV industry, noting she’s encountered people much like the Chief Superintendent.

The actress, 43, also told how portraying the ‘top b***h’ character can be ‘quite frightening’ at times as he own personality is much different from that of her alter ego’s. 

Intimidating: Line Of Duty's Anna Maxwell Martin has hinted that she may have based her formidable character Patricia Carmichael on people she's worked with in the TV industry

Intimidating: Line Of Duty's Anna Maxwell Martin has hinted that she may have based her formidable character Patricia Carmichael on people she's worked with in the TV industry

Intimidating: Line Of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin has hinted that she may have based her formidable character Patricia Carmichael on people she’s worked with in the TV industry

Speaking on the Obsessed With Line Of Duty podcast, Anna reflected on playing Patricia and knowing people like her, stating: ‘I know people now like Patricia, people in the industry like Patricia.

‘She’s dead nasty but they are the easiest people to play. I love it.’

Remarking how the forthright detective was nothing like herself, Anna added that it could sometimes be rather alarming portraying such a character.

She explained: ‘I’m not socially confident or anything. When you play those people you have to come into a room and be like the top b***h… it’s quite frightening.’

Different: The actress, 43, also told how portraying the 'top b***h' character can be 'quite frightening' at times as he own personality is much different from that of her alter ego's

Different: The actress, 43, also told how portraying the 'top b***h' character can be 'quite frightening' at times as he own personality is much different from that of her alter ego's

Different: The actress, 43, also told how portraying the ‘top b***h’ character can be ‘quite frightening’ at times as he own personality is much different from that of her alter ego’s

She added of the character: ‘Pat wants a cuddle but there’s no one… to give her one.’ 

Her words comes as she admitted that ‘people are surprised at how nice I really am!’ as she addressed rumours Patricia is the elusive ‘H’. 

The officer placed herself at the centre of the action on Sunday’s episode as she ordered Kate Fleming [Vicky McLure] be arrested following the shootout and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings’ [Adrian Dunbar] questions during a very intense interview with Jo Davidson [Kelly Macdonald]. 

Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message through Morse code during the ‘puzzling’ interview – which also saw Jo discover her paternity despite offering more ‘no comments’ than answers – based on how often she tapped her pen. 

Chat: Speaking on the Obsessed With Line Of Duty podcast , Anna reflected on playing Patricia and knowing people like her, stating: 'I know people now like Patricia, people in the industry like Patricia (pictured in 2019)

Chat: Speaking on the Obsessed With Line Of Duty podcast , Anna reflected on playing Patricia and knowing people like her, stating: 'I know people now like Patricia, people in the industry like Patricia (pictured in 2019)

Chat: Speaking on the Obsessed With Line Of Duty podcast , Anna reflected on playing Patricia and knowing people like her, stating: ‘I know people now like Patricia, people in the industry like Patricia (pictured in 2019)

However, Anna was quick to dismiss the fan theories during a video link appearance on Monday’s This Morning. 

‘I think I was just bored, those things are very long,’ she said, reflecting on filming the interview scene to Holly Willoughby and an unconvinced Philip Schofield.

Asked about Carmichael’s relationship with Hastings, she revealed: ‘Ted needs to toughen up a bit, doesn’t he? 

‘Poor old Ted, I’m worried about myself, people really hate me because they really love Ted. She’s definitely his nemesis and that’s really good fun. We have good fun filming the scenes!’ 

World's apart: Remarking how the forthright detective was nothing like herself, Anna added that it could sometimes be rather alarming portraying such a character

World's apart: Remarking how the forthright detective was nothing like herself, Anna added that it could sometimes be rather alarming portraying such a character

World’s apart: Remarking how the forthright detective was nothing like herself, Anna added that it could sometimes be rather alarming portraying such a character

Admitting that she was surprised at how vindictive her character turned out to be, she explained: ‘There were a couple of bits [in the script] where she was nasty and I just went for it. And then she morphed into a horror show. 

‘I think she’s just misunderstood, she’s just trying to do her job. She probably just wants a nice cuddle, Pat. She’s just a bit cross.’

She insisted that her role is no reflection on her actual personality, saying people are surprised at how nice she is in real life compared to her character.

Vowing not to give any more away with the plot, she mused: ‘What protects me from all this questioning is that when I was filming Line Of Duty, I was filming Motherland at the same time, so I was rushing between each set.

‘I just can’t remember anything. I didn’t watch it last night, and all my friends were texting me!’  

Speaking out: Her words comes as she admitted that 'people are surprised at how nice I really am!' as she addressed rumours Patricia is the elusive 'H'

Speaking out: Her words comes as she admitted that 'people are surprised at how nice I really am!' as she addressed rumours Patricia is the elusive 'H'

Speaking out: Her words comes as she admitted that ‘people are surprised at how nice I really am!’ as she addressed rumours Patricia is the elusive ‘H’

Intense: The officer placed herself at the centre of the action on Sunday's episode as she ordered Kate Fleming be arrested and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings' questions during a very intense interview with Jo Davidson

Intense: The officer placed herself at the centre of the action on Sunday's episode as she ordered Kate Fleming be arrested and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings' questions during a very intense interview with Jo Davidson

Intense: The officer placed herself at the centre of the action on Sunday’s episode as she ordered Kate Fleming be arrested and then tried to shut down Ted Hastings’ questions during a very intense interview with Jo Davidson

Sunday’s episode saw Carmichael seen arriving at the scene of last week’s cliffhanger where Kate and Ryan Pilkington [Gregory Piper] pointed their guns at each other and two shots were heard before the screen went black.

And after finding Ryan’s body with two bullet wounds to the chest and being told by Hastings that Kate has been authorised to carry a concealed weapon, Carmichael declared them ‘armed and dangerous’.

She also caught eagle-eyed viewers attention once Kate and Jo were apprehended by police following a high-speed car chase – as it transpired that was made possible after she and the chief gave orders to track all of AC-12s vehicles.

Unconvinced: 'I think I was just bored, those things are very long,' she said, reflecting on filming the interview scene to Holly Willoughby and an unconvinced Philip Schofield

Unconvinced: 'I think I was just bored, those things are very long,' she said, reflecting on filming the interview scene to Holly Willoughby and an unconvinced Philip Schofield

Unconvinced: ‘I think I was just bored, those things are very long,’ she said, reflecting on filming the interview scene to Holly Willoughby and an unconvinced Philip Schofield

This pivotal bit of information was revealed once Arnott [Martin Compston] had talked Kate into surrendering and he was going over the events back at headquarters with Hastings.

Explaining that he and Kate have keys to each others cars and houses for when there’s an ‘unexplained disruption to the chain of command’ he was left stunned when Carmichael cruelly revealed Hasting’s secret and approaching retirement.

However despite all of this already raising suspicion, it was during the intense – and very long – interview of Jo that many viewers decided that Carmichael must be H or at the very least involved with the OCG herself.

The interview saw Jo discover that her uncle Tommy Hunter was actually her father as well, with the officer emotionally revealing that her mother had told her she’d been raped as a teenager and how ‘uncle’ Tommy controlled both of their lives.

Spotlight: It was all eyes on Carmichael during Sunday's episode as she threw herself into the drama by taking over the interviews

Spotlight: It was all eyes on Carmichael during Sunday's episode as she threw herself into the drama by taking over the interviews

 Spotlight: It was all eyes on Carmichael during Sunday’s episode as she threw herself into the drama by taking over the interviews 

Despite Jo finally starting to open up on some points after numerous ‘no comments’, Carmichael repeatedly shut down Arnott and Hastings’ questions whenever they verged on talk of corruption in the force. 

One fan said Carmichael’s behaviour left them thinking she was H, tweeting: ‘That was a tense interview scene. Carmichael didn’t wanna go into any police corruption at all. Jo protecting Kate. All very puzzling.’

Another simply stated: ‘Carmichael absolutely the fourth caddy that interview gave everything away #LineofDuty’ 

While others even theorised that Carmichael was sending out some kind of message during the interview, based on how often she tapped her pen.

Theories: Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the interview based on how often she tapped her pen

Theories: Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the interview based on how often she tapped her pen

Theories: Some viewers even theorised that Carmichael was trying to send a message during the interview based on how often she tapped her pen

Unimpressed: Hastings did not looked pleased with Carmichael taking the lead in the lengthy interrogation

Unimpressed: Hastings did not looked pleased with Carmichael taking the lead in the lengthy interrogation

Unimpressed: Hastings did not looked pleased with Carmichael taking the lead in the lengthy interrogation 

A third summed up the opinion of many as they quoted Hastings and said: ‘Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey! Line of Duty that was intense from start to finish!

‘Carmichael shutting down every question about and reference to OCG links to high ranking police officers…’ 

One person wrote: ‘Carmichael tapped her pen 4 times in the interview . . . . = H in morse code.’ 

And another agreed, adding: ‘Carmichael is H she has to be. Why is she tapping the table 4 times? #lineofdutyday #LOD’ 

Line Of Duty concludes Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. 

LINE OF DUTY: WHO IS THE FOURTH ‘H’?

Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio excited fans when he shared the first clue about the plot of season six to Twitter.

Uploading a snap of a packet of the Australian chocolate biscuits TimTams with the caption ‘#LineofDuty Series 6 Plot Clue No. 1’, fans began to ferociously speculate as to what it might mean.

But one plot point hanging over the next season of the show is about the identity of the ominous ‘H’.

While the mystery was somewhat answered in the season five finale, it was also revealed that there are FOUR people pertaining to be ‘H’, with the final one still unknown.

So who could it be?

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin)

She was one of season five’s stand-out characters, swooping in towards the end of the series to interrogate Ted Hastings – highly suspected to be ‘H’ at the time.

And while she simply seemed to be excellent at her job – and hellbent on uncovering the corruption within the department – could it be that Patricia Carmichael was SO keen to pin the blame on Ted to take the focus away from herself.

Could SHE be the fourth ‘H’?

Her position of power and respect, along with her unnaturally steely and cut-throat demeanor, could well point to this.

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar)

Ted Hastings was pinpointed by viewers of the show, as well as the characters on the show, to be a candidate for ‘H’.

But it seemed he was exonerated by the end of season five, allowed to walk free.

But could be potentially be triple-crossing us all? Could he in fact STILL be the potential fourth ‘H’.

The biggest issue with this theory is that Gill Biggeloe – one of the three revealed to be ‘H’ – was so against him. Surely she wouldn’t be working to deter him if they were in league?

UNLESS, she doesn’t KNOW he is the fourth ‘H’?

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

DCC Andrea Wise (Elizabeth Rider)

Detective Chief Constable Andrea Wise was new to the show in season five and is another high-powered contender for ‘H’.

She has been constantly interfering when it has come to supporting AC-12’s investigations, removing them from the investigation into Operation Pear Tree. She also instigated the Ted Hastings investigation.

She is also keen to cover up police corruption, despite announcing at the end of season five: ‘This constabulary will work tirelessly to root out rotten apples in its ranks.’

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

PCC Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti)

Police and Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani demanded to be ‘in on’ a meeting between Andrea Wise and Ted Hastings. This might be a small clue but any clue could be valid at this point.

Any shady behavior suggests ‘H’ is at play, and so Rohan could indeed be culpable.

 

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