The stars of Line of Duty have completed filming on the eagerly-awaited sixth season in Northern Ireland.

Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and new co-star Kelly Macdonald were told that it was a wrap at the start of the week. The series will premiere on BBC One next year, with executive producer Simon Heath promising that fans are "in for a treat".

Kelly Macdonald has joined the cast

Line of Duty had returned to filming under Covid-19 safety protocols in August.

Creator and showrunner Jed Mercurio said: "Thanks so much to our brilliant cast and crew who applied rigorous Covid safety measures to deliver Line of Duty six to our wonderful fans.

(L-R) Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston during filming in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter last month Photo: Press Association

"We're all immensely grateful to World Productions and the BBC for the unswerving support they've given us in a time of unprecedented challenges to UK television production."

To mark the end of filming, two images of Macdonald as Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson - "the senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder case, whose unconventional conduct attracts the attention of AC-12" - were released.

Kelly Macdonald plays Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson

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