Kelly Macdonald: ‘I’m beyond sex scenes now. I just play detectives’

She shot to fame in Trainspotting, and has starred in Gosford Park, Boardwalk Empire and even as a Disney princess.

So why did the Scottish actor panic about her new role in Line Of Duty?Kelly Macdonald’s roles are typically quiet, fraught with internal conflict and entailing journeys that are more reflective than active.

As a grieving mother in The Child In Time, a gangster’s wife in Boardwalk Empire and the titular role in The Girl In The Cafe, the 45-year-old has, over the last 25 years, become known for the kind of thoughtful performances signified by the image of a woman staring out of a window.

All of which makes our encounter today doubly surprising; that Macdonald, appearing via Zoom from her home in Glasgow, is here to talk about Line Of Duty, possibly the least reflective TV show ever made.

And that she is a complete hoot.

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