Line of Duty’s H has become unlikely sex symbol as fans say it stands or ‘Hunky’

Mother of God, bungling bent cop Ian Buckells can once again laugh at everyone’s expense.

The bumbling oaf shocked millions of Line of Duty fans when he turned into a cocky, sneering villain and was unmasked as the Fourth Man, once codenamed H.

But Nigel Boyle, who played Buckells, has another surprise up his sleeve. To some fans he is H for hunk.

He told us: “One of the funniest things my mate spotted on a fan group was someone saying, ‘Oh, my God he looks nothing like Buckells’ and ‘I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for farting!’

“Another wrote, ‘God, he looks quite dishy doesn’t he?’

“It’s just really funny. I’ve got this beard and my hair is different. Who’d want to look like Buckells in real life?”

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When creator Jed Mercurio told him he was H it was a “complete surprise” – a secret he shared with just his wife.

He said: “It was a huge weight off my shoulders when everyone knew.”

He said of the mixed reaction to the big reveal: “I can understand the frustrations but Jed hit the nail on the head.

“Buckells isn’t a criminal mastermind and that’s the point this series was ­making. He was easily bought. The real masterminds are the OCGs pulling the strings.

“I don’t take it personally that some people think H is a huge disappointment. I prefer to think of it more, as someone said to me, that I’ve become one of the biggest TV baddies of all time.”

LoD series six is on digital. A DVD of all series is out on May 31

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