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Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has shared his 'relief' that the sixth series has come to an end, after droves of fans slammed the 'disappointing' finale on Sunday.

In his first social media post since the conclusion was broadcast, the actor said he understands it wasn't the 'urgent ending' some fans had hoped for, but he 'appreciated' viewers' support after 12.8 million tuned into the final episode.

Martin remained tight-lipped on whether Line Of Duty will return for a seventh series following the divisive finale, and only hinted that the beloved AC-12 trio and creator Jed Mercurio could get matching tattoos to celebrate the show's ratings success.

Breaking his silence: Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has shared his 'relief' that the sixth series has come to an end, after droves of fans slammed the 'disappointing' finale on Sunday

Breaking his silence: Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has shared his 'relief' that the sixth series has come to an end, after droves of fans slammed the 'disappointing' finale on Sunday

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Martin said: 'Hey folks now the madness is slightly dying down, just want to thank everybody who reached out about last night and the series as a whole, we've truly been blown away by the reaction and love for the show we're proud of it.

'Fully understand it wasn't the 'urgent exit' type ending some anticipated but we appreciate you sticking with us.

'Felt many emotions from excitement and anxiety at the hype to relief that it's over. Now I just feel immense pride our show that started on Wednesdays on BBC2 has just smashed every overnight drama record since they began.

'Finally myself, Vicky, Adrian and Jed made an agreement in the inconceivable and ridiculous scenario we ever got twelve million viewers we would get 'AC12million' tattoos. We'll see who's good to their word...'

Grateful: In his first social media post since the conclusion was broadcast, the actor said he understands it wasn't the 'urgent ending' some fans had hoped for

Grateful: In his first social media post since the conclusion was broadcast, the actor said he understands it wasn't the 'urgent ending' some fans had hoped for

Inked? Martin was tight-lipped on whether Line Of Duty will return for a seventh series, and only hinted that the beloved AC-12 trio and creator Jed Mercurio could get matching tattoos

Inked? Martin was tight-lipped on whether Line Of Duty will return for a seventh series, and only hinted that the beloved AC-12 trio and creator Jed Mercurio could get matching tattoos

I'll do it! It seemed his co-star Vicky was already on-board, as she re-tweeted his message before adding: 'We are so grateful to you all. So much so looks like I'll have the ink to prove it!'

I'll do it! It seemed his co-star Vicky was already on-board, as she re-tweeted his message before adding: 'We are so grateful to you all. So much so looks like I'll have the ink to prove it!'

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It seemed his co-star Vicky was already on-board, as she re-tweeted his message before adding: 'We are so grateful to you all. So much so looks like I'll have the ink to prove it!'

An eye-watering 12.8million viewers tuned in to watch Line Of Duty's sixth season conclude on Sunday night with a 56.2% share - recording the network's highest ever overnight rating.

Fans tuned in to watch the nail-biting series draw to a close  - and the mysterious antagonist 'H' was finally unmasked as DSI Ian Buckells, played by Nigel Boyle.

Loyal viewers took to social media in their droves to share their frustrations as officers from the police anti-corruption unit AC-12 discovered the identity of the elusive 'fourth man' - leading to a demand for another series of the show. 

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer, said of a seventh season: 'Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it’s no surprise that last night’s jaw dropping finale set a ratings record...

Wow! An eye-watering 12.8million viewers tuned in to watch Line Of Duty 's sixth season on Sunday night with a 56.2% share - recording the network's highest ever overnight rating

Wow! An eye-watering 12.8million viewers tuned in to watch Line Of Duty 's sixth season on Sunday night with a 56.2% share - recording the network's highest ever overnight rating 

'Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series...

'I’m looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be.'

The calls for another series came due to the disappointment and confusion of some of the 12.8m viewers. Star of the show Martin Compston previously said of the possibility: 'The genuine

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