For viewers tuning into ITV’s dramatisation of the 2010 Raoul Moat siege – The Hunt for Raoul Moat – it was very much a case of same uniform, different crime series.
On screen in the three-part drama, which reached its crescendo on Tuesday night, were three familiar faces from another ITV police thriller – Line of Duty.
Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson, played by Lee Ingleby, was joined on screen by DI Nisha Roberts (Vineeta Rishi) and Neil ‘Robbo’ Robson (Mark Stobbart).
On Twitter, an eagle-eyed Line of Duty fan pointed out that all three actors had also been high-profile characters in Jed Mercurio’s six-series drama.
Using their Line of Duty characters, he joked: ‘Roz Huntley’s hubby is back leading the investigation, helped by Rupal, who was part of Huntley’s team, and Huntley’s number 2 DS Twyler! And the chief refers the case to the PCC….we all know what that means!’
The PCC – Police and Crime Commissioner, which holds police accountable, is central to the action in Line of Duty, with AC-12 at the helm of investigations into police corruption.
ITV’s latest crime offering recounts Moat’s seven-day murderous spree in July 2010, which saw him evade the police for days, after murdering Christopher Brown, 29, and seriously injuring his ex-partner Samantha Stobbart and PC David Rathband.
The TV crossover doesn’t end there…BBC One drama Crossfire, which aired last autumn, also gleaned some of Line of Duty’s cast.
Keeley Hawes played Jo, while Lee Ingleby was cast as Jason and Anneika Rose appeared as Abhi.
In Line of Duty, Hawes played DI Lyndsey Denton, Ingleby was solicitor Nicholas Huntley – married to Thandie Newton’s Roz Huntley, a senior investigator, and Anneika Rose was a fan hit in Mercurio’s show as PC Farinda Jatri.
Here FEMAIL looks at the actors who love a police uniform…
All roads lead back to Line of Duty? Actors cast in Jed Mercurio’s six series cult police drama, which ended in 2021 have since appeared as officers in other dramas, with fans recognising characters from the show in this week’s The Hunt for Raoul Moat on ITV
The Hunt for Raoul Moat: DCS Neil Adamson
Line of Duty: Lawyer Nicholas Huntley
Crime crossover: Actor Lee Ingleby, 47, pictured in his latest role playing the real life former detective chief superintendent Neil Adamson, who led the real-life manhunt to find Raoul Moat in July 2010
But many Line of Duty fans will know him as Nick Huntley, the husband of Roz Huntley (played by Thandie Newton), a senior investigator in the ITV crime series which ran from 2012 til 2021
In the autumn, Ingleby played Jason in Crossover, alongside fellow Line of Duty actors Keeley Hawes and Anneika Rose
The common thread that links the three crime dramas together, actor Lee Ingleby, has long been a fan of a police drama. The 47-year-old Burnley-born actor shot to fame as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in Inspector George Gently, which first aired in 2007.
And it seems Ingleby just can’t stay away from crime thrillers. Line of Duty fans will still call him Nick, for his role as Nicholas Huntley, husband of Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton), a senior investigator in series 4, regarded by many fans as the best series of Mercurio’s show – and featuring the much-talked about ‘Balaclava Man’. Ingleby never played a ‘bent copper’ though, he worked in corporate law.
In the autumn, Ingleby starred alongside Keeley Hawes and Anneika Rose, playing Jason in Crossfire.
The fictional three-part series, which was written by Louise Doughty, told the story of a tourist whose life gets turned upside down when gunmen open fire.
His latest role is amongst his biggest yet, taking the lead in The Hunt for Raoul Moat, playing the real life former detective chief superintendent Neil Adamson, who led the real-life manhunt to find Moat in July 2010.
The Hunt for Raoul Moat: DI Nisha Roberts
Line of Duty: Forensic Coordinator Rupal Pandit
Different show, different uniform: Vineeta Rishi plays Nisha Roberts in The Hunt for Raoul Moat
The actress played Forensic Coordinator Rupal Pandit in series four of Line of Duty (pictured) , and then appeared as DC Rakhee Shah in Collateral (2018).
It’s as a medic, not a police officer that Vineeta Rishi, 48, might be most recognisable to telly lovers; she starred as Jas Khella in BBC One’s Doctors.
However, she continues to rack up roles in TV police stations; after appearing as DI Meenah Khan in a one-off episode of Waking the Dead in 2011, she’s starred in police dramas three more times.
She played Forensic Coordinator Rupal Pandit in series four of Line of Duty, and then appeared as DC Rakhee Shah in Collateral (2018).
Now, Rishi, who was brought up in the North East, stars as Detective Inspector Nisha Roberts in The Hunt for Raoul Moat, working alongside her former Line of Duty co-star Ingleby once more.
The Hunt for Raoul Moat: Neil ‘Robbo’ Robson
Line of Duty: DS Neil Twyler
Mark Stobbart is back in a police department in the ITV drama on Moat, playing Neil ‘Robbo’ Robson
The Teeside actor, who graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, took on the character of Detective Sergeant Neil Twyler in Line of Duty in 2017
County Durham actor Mark Stobbart dons a police uniform once more in ITV’s retelling of the manhunt for Raoul Moat, starring as Neil ‘Robbo’ Robson.
The Teeside actor, who graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, took on the character of Detective Sergeant Neil Twyler in Line of Duty in 2017.
He starred in series 4, alongside Ingleby and Rishi, who he’s reunited with in the current Moat drama.
His character, Twyler, was assigned to Operation Trapdoor, which was headed up by DCI Roz Huntley, played by Thandie Newton.
Line of Duty: DI Lyndsey Denton
Keeley Hawes was widely praised for playing DI Lyndsey Denton in the first and second series of Line of Duty
She appeared with actors Lee Ingleby and Anneika Rose from the show in last year’s Crossfire (pictured)
One of Britain’s favourite actresses, thanks to stellar roles in Tipping the Velvet, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes and It’s a Sin, Keeley Hawes is rather partial to a crime thriller.
Her role as Detective Inspector Lyndsey Denton in series one and two of Line of Duty helped propel Mercurio’s screen-writing to cult status.
She played the role from 2014 to 2016, and was widely lauded for her acting, with one TV critic calling it ‘the performance of 2014’.
Edge-of-your-seat 2022 BBC drama Crossfire saw Hawes, 47, starring alongside Line of Duty actors Lee Ingleby and Anneika Rose, although the actors didn’t appear in the same series of the drama, with Ingleby in series four and Rose in series six.
Line of Duty: PC Farinda Jatri
Rose in the finale of Line of Duty; she was a key figure in the show’s crescendo, playing PC Jatri alongside Kelly Macdonald, who starred as DCI Joanne Davidson
In 2022’s Crossfire, Rose played Abhi, a tourist affected by a gun attack, alongside Keeley Hawes and Lee Ingleby
An established theatre actor, Rose has also been in hard-hitting dramas including Taggart, Deadwater Fell, Guilt and Silent Witness.
She donned a uniform in the final series of Line of Duty, starring as PC Farida Jatri.
Rose, who was born in Glasgow, was involved in some of the finale’s most nail-biting moments, playing the love interest of Kelly Macdonald’s DCI Joanne Davidson.
In Crossfire, Rose starred as Abhi, one of the group of friends on holiday when gunmen strike.
It’s not the first time Keeley Hawes and Rose have appeared together, they both starred in 2022’s The Midwich Cuckoos.
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