Line of Duty star Martin Compston offered new two-series deal on hit BBC drama

Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio is keen for Martin Compston to accept a new two-series deal to play DS Steve Arnott as he is "crucial for future plotlines".

With series five about to reach a gripping climax, Mercurio wants Compston on board beyond the planned sixth instalment of the hit BBC cop drama.

Mercurio is keen to pen more storylines for Line of Duty and sees Compston as the "mainstay" and "crucial to future plotlines.

Speaking to The Sun, a source has said that "behind the scenes bosses are secretly trying to tie down key cast members".

They continued to say though that "everything is being kept under lock and key".

It is believed that there is an 'offer on the table' and with 34-year-old Compston 'appreciating how big the series is' it is hoped he will sign on the dotted line.

The penultimate episode attracted 8.3million viewers last Sunday, with viewers left in suspense who the bent copper 'H', will be.

AC-12 boss Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar) is the bookies favourite, but most of the senior officers involved on Line of Duty are under suspicion.

Compston has starred in all five series of Line of Duty since its debut on BBC2 in 2012 and has also appeared in a number of other popular TV shows, including Silent Witness and Victoria.

He has also starred as Lord Bothwell in critically acclaimed movie Mary Queen of Scots.

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