Adrian Dunbar (born 1 August 1958) is a Northern Irish actor from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is an actor and a director, known for both his television and his theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film ''Hear My Song'', nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards. Since 2012, he has played Superintendent Ted Hastings in all six series of BBC Television's ''Line of Duty''. He has appeared as Alan Cox in ''The Jump'', Martin Summers in ''Ashes to Ashes'', Richard Plantagenet in ''The Hollow Crown'', and as Father Flaherty in ''Broken''.

Early life

Dunbar was born and brought up in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, the eldest of seven siblings. He was educated at St Joseph’s Secondary School before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Dunbar has appeared in such notable films as ''My Left Foot'', ''The Crying Game'' and ''The General''. He has also had leading roles in the films ''Triggermen'', ''Shooters'', ''How Harry Became A Tree'' (with Colm Meaney), ''Richard III'' and ''Widows' Peak''. On television he starred in the first episode of ''Cracker'', giving a performance as an innocent murder suspect with amnesia, and also the last episode of ''A Touch of Frost''. He has been in many British productions, including ''Tough Love'', ''Inspector Morse'', ''Kidnapped'', ''Murphy's Law'', ''Murder in Mind'', ''Ashes to Ashes'' and the 2005 re-staging of ''The Quatermass Experiment''. Dunbar's theatre credits include ''The Shaughraun'' and ''Exiles'' at Dublin's Abbey Theatre; ''Real Dreams'' and ''The Danton Affair'' at the Royal Shakespeare Company; ''King Lear'', ''Pope's Wedding'', ''Saved and Up To The Sun And Down To The Centre'' at Royal Court Theatre and ''Conversations on a Homecoming'' at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast); ''A Trinity of Two'' (as Oscar Wilde) at Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre; and ''Boeing Boeing'' (London, 2007). He has directed a critically acclaimed production of ''Philadelphia Here I Come!''. In 2008 he starred in and co-directed ''Brendan at the Chelsea'' by Janet Behan, playing Brendan Behan. The play was the first to be staged in the Naughton Studio in the new Lyric Theatre (Belfast) after it reopened in 2011, and was revived for a tour to Theatre Row in New York in September 2013. Dunbar played the role of Aufidius in the BBC Radio production of ''Coriolanus''. He also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi, and appeared on stage as Vermeer in an adaptation of ''Girl with a Pearl Earring''. In 2008 Dunbar played the role of Philip Conolly in the critically acclaimed ''The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce''. He starred alongside fellow Northern Irish actor Ciarán McMenamin in the remote rain-forests of north west Tasmania. He joined the cast of the British police procedural television series Line of Duty in 2012, portraying the role of Superintendent Ted Hastings; he continued in this role for all the subsequent series. Dunbar is also a theatre director who staged productions for the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival. He played the mysterious character Martin Summers in the second series of ''Ashes to Ashes''. In 2014 he played the title character in a BBC comedy drama ''Walter''. Dunbar also starred as Jim Hogan on the Virgin Media Television original drama ''Blood''.

Other media

*He was cast as Bail Organa for ''Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace'' and appeared in costume in publicity stills, but his scene was cut; the character was re-cast with Jimmy Smits for later films. Dunbar's likeness was retconned into the appearance of the character Bail Antilles. *He fronts his own band, which has played in such American venues as Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas. *He sings "The Curragh of Kildare" with Brian Kennedy on Kennedy's ''On Song'', and fronts this song with his own band. *He narrates the popular TV series ''The Estate'' as well as an audiobook production of Eoin Colfer's novel ''Artemis Fowl''. *He played a minor role in ''The Dawning'' (1988), alongside Anthony Hopkins and Hugh Grant, which led to further early roles in his acting career.


BAFTA Awards

Irish Film & Television Academy Awards

TV Choice Awards

Personal life

Dunbar has a daughter and stepson from his 1986 marriage to Australian actress Anna Nygh. He lives in Crouch End, North London. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster in June 2009 in recognition of his services to acting.Honorary Degree for Leading Ulster Actor Dunbar





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