Line Of Duty star Nigel Boyle's background revealed after being unveiled as H

Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday's finale of series six, but who is the man behind the elusive character?

Ex-barman Nigel Boyle - who portrayed Buckells throughout the BBC show's first, fourth and sixth series - started his career with minor roles in programmes such as Coronation Street and Peaky Blinders, before landing his biggest job to date in 2012.

Aside from his profession, the actor is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises sons Finnian, five, and Decan Sonny, two, and daughter Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy.

Shocking end: Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday's finale of series six, but who is the man behind the character?

Shocking end: Line Of Duty viewers were left shocked to discover DSI Ian Buckells was criminal H during Sunday's finale of series six, but who is the man behind the character?

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The youngest in his family of six, Nigel was born in Moseley, Birmingham, before he relocated to the city's Bartley Green suburb as a child.

His parents came to the West Midlands from Ireland in the 50s and would often 'move around' as they were involved in the pub trade.

The screen star said in an interview with Birmingham Mail in March: 'We had the Monarch in Quinton and a pub in Bartley Green called the Bale of Hay. My old man ran The Monarch for 13 years.  

'I was always hanging round with my dad and pulling pints and working with him. In Perry Barr it's a stone's throw away from Villa Park and one of his mates took me to a game and I absolutely loved it.' 

Father-of-three: Ex-barman Nigel Boyle is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises Finnian, five, Decan Sonny, two, Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy

Father-of-three: Ex-barman Nigel Boyle is a life-long supporter of Aston Villa F.C. and raises Finnian, five, Decan Sonny, two, Cora Rose, three weeks, with wife Lainy

Rising: The actor started his career with minor roles (pictured as solicitor Joe with co-star on Coronation Street set - a role he played from 2012 until 2015)

Rising: The actor started his career with minor roles (pictured as solicitor Joe with co-star on Coronation Street set - a role he played from 2012 until 2015)

Nigel went on to graduate from the Birmingham School of Acting in 2002 and took part in regular short term work in adverts for brands including Ladbrokes, WKD and McCoy's. 

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The TV star's career started to pick up when he had a recurring role as a solicitor called Joe in ITV's Corrie from 2012 until 2015, and also played Rickie in Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans. 

Elsewhere, the father-of-three portrayed a policeman in an episode of gangster hit Peaky Blinders in 2017, as well as strict teacher Mr. Hamley in Steve McQueen's Small Axe - which has received a BAFTA TV nomination in the Best Mini-Series category.  

While he's set to become the nation's most in-demand stars, the thespian juggles his life on the screen with parenthood.

Brief stint: The screen star - who previously worked as a barman with his pub owner father - portrayed a policeman in an episode of gangster hit Peaky Blinders in 2017

Brief stint: The screen star - who previously worked as a barman with his pub owner father - portrayed a policeman in an episode of gangster hit Peaky Blinders in 2017

Acclaimed: The TV star stepped into the role of strict teacher Mr. Hamley in Steve McQueen's Small Axe last year - which has received a BAFTA TV nom in the Best Mini-Series category

Acclaimed: The TV star stepped into the role of strict teacher Mr. Hamley in Steve McQueen's Small Axe last year - which has received a BAFTA TV nom in the Best Mini-Series category

Just last month, Nigel and his actress spouse Lainy - who are now based in London - welcomed their third child, a girl, 11 days early.

The Alleycats star announced on Instagram at the time: 'Welcome to the world Cora Rose Boyle. #gooner @lainyboyle is a #hero and Cora

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