Adrian Dunbar was “blindsided” to be named as a sex symbol in his 60s
- Bang Showbiz
- 15 March 2021
Adrian Dunbar was amazed that 'Line of Duty' helped him to become a sex symbol in his 60s
Adrian Dunbar was “blindsided” to be named as a sex symbol in his 60s.
The 62-year-old actor has enjoyed a lengthy career but became a household name thanks to his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in ‘Line of Duty’ and he admitted he’s amazed that the show has seen him hailed as “devilishly handsome” and the “ultimate guilty crush”.
He told Telegraph magazine: "I was blindsided by that. I thought there would be a lot of things that would come off the back of this part but definitely not being a sex symbol.
“Maybe it has to do with the fact Ted’s out there; there he is in his uniform, he has all this moral authority – and I think sometimes women like a challenge.”
And Adrian says his wife, Anna Nygh, is “sanguine” about the attention.
He said: “She was an actress herself so she realises it comes with the territory … she thinks it’s quite humorous, she gets a laugh out of it.”
The ‘Hollow Crown’ actor is comfortable to have found mainstream fame later in life and admitted he was always warned that was likely to be the case.
He said: “When I was at drama school some of the teachers, who were very wise, said to me, ‘You’re going to be a great actor in your 50s. Now, you’re not malleable enough. You’re doing one thing well but you need to loosen up a bit.’
“That happens to actors. You learn more about it and hopefully you get better at it as you get older.”
The ‘Crying Game’ star also thinks he would have found fame “difficult to cope with” in his 20s.
He added: “I wouldn’t have known what to do with it … the attention is difficult to deal with, especially if you like to be anonymous and do your own thing, like I do.”