Line of Duty season 6: Is Neil Morrissey returning to Line of Duty?
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Line of Duty season six airs every Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. Episode three kicks off tonight (Sunday, April 4) and will pick up from the huge cliffhanger from last week, which saw DCI Jo Davidson collect a burner phone from an abandoned car park. Fans are certain they spotted Neil Morrissey at the end of the episode but is he returning to the show? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about Line of Duty
Is Neil Morrissey returning to Line of Duty?
Neil Morrissey starred in the first three seasons of Line of Duty as Nigel Morton.
Nigel is a former Detective Constable in Central Police, who retired in series three.
He was also a close friend of a corrupt officer, Tony Gates (Lennie James)
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Despite his retirement, fans are convinced Nigel Morton is making a return to Line of Duty.
After all, there is a huge chance he knows some vital information about the identity of H, considering his strained relationship with DS Dot Cottan (Craig Parkinson), also known as The Caddy.
In season three, viewers saw Morton being unsuccessfully blackmailed by DS Cottan as he attempted to clear himself of being ‘The Caddy’.
He was later shown giving evidence against DS Cottan before leaving the force altogether.
Speaking back in 2016 after the end of series three, Morrissey revealed DC Morton is closer to DS Cottan than fans think.
However, if Morton is returning, he may not be working for the Central Police anymore and instead has crossed sides and is working with the OCG.
He said: “DC Morton is the only regular character who knows Dot’s dark secret.
“But he’s also smart enough to realise this inside knowledge is as much of a threat to him as to Dot.”
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At the end of Line of Duty season six, episode two, a mysterious bearded man was quickly spotted leaving a burner phone for corrupt copper, DCI Jo Davidson.
Viewers only caught a quick glimpse of the man’s face but the majority of viewers are certain Nigel Morton is back on the Line of Duty scene.
Fans have been taking to Twitter to share their thoughts and theories ahead of tonight’s episode.
One fan tweeted: “Is that the return of Neil Morrissey?! #lineofduty” alongside a photograph of the bearded man.
A second fan said: “Was that bearded man at the end of #LineOfDuty Neil Morrissey?! It looked like him.”
A third fan added: “@Neil_Morrissey @Line_of_duty @jed_mercurio Arguing with everyone that NIGE is back, back, back.. with a big fat beard.”
Some fans also suspect the voice on the tape DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) was replaying over and over belonged to Morrissey’s Nigel Morton.
AC-12 had seized electronic devices from murder victim Gail Vella (Andi Osho) home which had been tampered with.
However, there was one short audio file remaining where Gail is heard talking about corrupt officers.
A man’s voice is then heard saying: “There are some people you can’t challenge” and viewers are convinced it was Nigel Morton’s voice.
Despite listening to the recording, Steve seemed to recognise the voice but could not pinpoint the voice.
One tweet read: “Neil Morrissey’s voice, I tell you! #LineOfDuty”
However, some fans believe the voice belonged to Jimmy Lakewell (Patrick Baladi), a former solicitor and friend of Nick Huntley (Lee Ingleby).
Morrissey’s return would not come as a huge shock to Line of Duty fans, considering Ted Hastings star Adrian Dunbar has called for his return on numerous occasions.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other press ahead of the series six premiere, Dunbar said: “I would really like to see Neil Morrissey’s character Nigel [return], who’s still alive, he’s still out there, he’s still in possession of some information I’m sure of it.
“And I’d really like to see him back because, more than anything else, he’s probably the best entertainment officer that any crew ever had.
“And for that alone, you’d really want Neil to be on the job.”
Dunbar joked: “Can we start something please?”
There are five more episodes to go in Line of Duty season six so fans should keep their fingers crossed for Morrissey’s return.
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