By Susanna Lazarus
Thursday 23 April 2015 at 02:18PM
Keeley Hawes stole the show when she joined series two of Line of Duty, earning widespread critical acclaim and a best actress Bafta nomination for her portrayal of DI Lindsay Denton.
But any fans hoping to see her feature in the upcoming third series will be disappointed. Jed Mercurio's police corruption drama – which also stars Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar – began filming earlier this month, but Hawes has confirmed she will not be involved.
Speaking at last night's Bafta Television Awards nominees party, she was asked what she knows of the return of the BBC2 series. "Only that Daniel Mays is doing it which is great news because he is brilliant.
"There's nothing for me in there," she added.
Was she hoping there might be after the popularity of her role last year? "No, because it's done and dusted, really. I've done it."
However, the 39-year-old actress added she's delighted by the "grittier roles" she'd been offered since she kept the nation gripped over whether or not the inscrutable Denton was guilty. "I went on to play Samatha Mollison in The Casual Vacancy and that was a role I don't think I'd have been thought of for had I not done Line of Duty."
Hawes also spoke of her surprise at the scale of reaction to her no-frills appearance in the Bafta-nominated role. "Mostly people were surprised that an actress would be happy to be seen without any make-up on – it's not shocking, is it? So, that had a big impact – the look and the fact it's something they hadn't seen me do. But then they hadn't given me the opportunity to do it."
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