Kelly Macdonald isn't watching Line of Duty after first episode reaction was 'too much'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 April 2021
Kelly Macdonald as Jo Davidson

Kelly Macdonald as Jo Davidson

'Line of Duty' star Kelly Macdonald hasn't been watching the current series of the BBC drama because she found the reaction to the first episode " overwhelming"

Kelly Macdonald hasn't been watching 'Line of Duty' after the public reaction to the first episode of the series was "too much" for her.

The 45-year-old actress plays DCI Joanne Davidson in the current sixth series of the BBC drama, and while she tuned into the first episode, she hasn't watched the following five because she felt so "overwhelmed" by the online comments.

She said: "I'm in this weird world where I'm not watching it.

"I'm also not going online. 13 million people watching it is a lot of people, but I'm not one of them.

"I watched the first episode and also went online, and it took me a week to ... not be mental anymore.

"It was just too much for me."

As Kelly doesn't tune into the show, she instructs her agent to call her on a Monday to let her know what she thought of the episode, but the 'Trainspotting' actress joked she needs to "get over [herself]".

She said: "I'm having a weird radio silence from people. I think it's freaked my family and friends out.

"I'm getting the odd message and it's my agent's job on a Monday, I'm expecting a call from her, to talk me through the episode and tell me everything is OK.

"She just tells me what she thinks and I trust her opinion.

"But yeah it's pathetic, I know. I need to get over myself.

"But that first episode was just overwhelming. It was too much for me.

"But yeah, I need to grow up."

In last night's (25.04.21) gripping penultimate episode of the series, Kelly's character Davidson was involved in a 29-minute interrogation at AC-12's HQ, and Kelly admitted it can be hard not to laugh when Adrian Dunbar's character Superintendent Ted Hastings comes out with his classic Ted-isms, including last night's "Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey".

Speaking on 'BBC Breakfast', she added: "You're aware the glass box scenes are pivotal and that's what people love.

"We filmed it over two days and did 50 camera set ups, which is extraordinary.

"It was unlike anything I've ever done.

"Anna Maxwell Martin, I find her just ... it's hard to work with her almost. She's so watchable.

"Everything she does.

"When Hastings comes out with his classic lines it's quite tricky.

"There were also a couple of flubs.

"There was something about some 'racist slugs', and that took a while to recover from. It was meant to be 'racist thugs'."

Last night's episode also saw the death of Gregory Piper's bent copper character PC Ryan Pilkington, and the 23-year-old star has admitted it was "a privilege" to be part of the show.

He wrote: "Let's face it. He had it coming! What a privilege it's been to work on this show. Every day I was still mind blown and excited as I was when I was 13 in series 1.

"The nicest and most welcoming group of people I have ever met. I had the most fun and it's something I'll never forget. I know it's cliche but I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true, they're like family to me now. (sic)"

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