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Adrian Dunbar
Northern irish actor

Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar
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Intro Northern irish actor
Is Actor Film actor Stage actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 1 August 1958, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 64 years
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Adrian Dunbar (born 1 August 1958) is an actor and director from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, best known for his television and theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards.

More recently, he has been better known for his role of Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC One thriller Line of Duty; a role he has portrayed since 2012. He has also appeared as Alan Cox in The Jump (1998 TV series), 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 by the Irish Christian Brothers 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, and 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, Conversations on a homecoming at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast); A Trinity of Two (as Oscar Wilde) at Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre; Boeing Boeing (London, 2007). He 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 is being revived for a tour to Theatre Row in New York in September 2013.

He 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. Dunbar starred alongside fellow Northern Irish actor Ciarán McMenamin in the remote rain-forests of north west Tasmania. He has also joined the cast of the British police procedural television series, Line of Duty in 2012, portraying the role of Superintendent Ted Hastings continuing on in this role for Series 2 (2014), Series 3 (2016) and Series 4 (2017).

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, and 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 the audiobook productions of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, a bestselling novel.
  • 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

BAFTA Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2018 Line of Duty Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1993 Hear My Song Best Screenplay Nominated

Irish Film & Television Academy Awards

IFTA Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2018 Line of Duty Actor in a Lead Role in Drama Nominated

Personal life

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



Year Title Role Other notes
1986 Sky Bandits Mechanic
1988 A World Apart Le Roux
The Dawning Capt. Rankin
1989 Unusual Ground Floor Conversion Alan Simpson Short
My Left Foot Peter
Dealers Lennon Mayhew
1991 Hear My Song Micky O'Neill
1992 The Playboys Mick
The Crying Game Maguire
1994 Widows' Peak Godfrey Doyle-Counihan
1995 Innocent Lies Alan Cross
The Near Room Charlie Colquhoun
Richard III James Tyrell
1998 The General Noel Curley
2000 Last Orders Short
Wild About Harry J.J. McMahon
The Wedding Tackle Mr. Mac
2001 How Harry Became a Tree George
2002 Triggermen Andy Jarrett
Shooters Max Bell
2003 The Measure of My Days Priest Short
2004 Mickybo and Me Mickybo's Da
2005 Against Nature The Tramp Short
2006 Eye of the Dolphin Hawk
2008 The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce Philip Conolly
2009 Act of God Frank O'Connor
2011 Hideaways Dr. Russell
Mother's Milk Seamus Dorke
2012 Good Vibrations Andy
2016 The Secret Scripture Dr. Hart
2017 The Snowman Frederick Aasen


Year Title Role Other notes
1980 The Long March Colm TV Movie
1984 Play for Today Peter Douglas Episode: "The Cry"
After You've Gone Chris TV Movie
The Hidden Curriculum Boyd TV Movie
1985 The Price Willy 4 episodes
1988 The Fear Con 4 episodes
The Four Minute Mile Norris McWhirter TV Movie
Screen Two Robbie MacIntyre Episode: "Reasonable Force"
1990 John Episode: "Drowning in the Shallow End"
Theatre Night Lenny Episode: "Pentecost"
Debut on Two John / Lucien Episodes: "The Wake" and "A Box of Swan"
Centrepoint Brown 2 episodes
Screenplay Andy Episode: "The Englishman's Wife"
1991 Children of the North Martin Deeley 3 episodes
1992 Screenplay DS Billy McCourbrey Episode: "Force of Duty"
Inspector Morse John Marriat Episode: "Dead on Time"
1993 A Statement of Affairs Adrian 3 episodes
Cracker Kelly Episodes: "The Mad Woman in the Attic", Parts 1 & 2
A Woman's Guide to Adultery Michael 3 episodes
1994 The Blue Boy Joe Bonnar TV Movie
Pleasure Gustave Coudray TV Movie
1995 Cruel Train Jack Dando TV Movie
1997 Melissa Graeme Hepburn 5 episodes
1998 The Jump Alan Cox 4 episodes
The Officer from France Wolfe Tone TV Movie
1999 Relative Strangers Michael Docherty 2 episodes
2000 Tough Love DCI Mike Love 2 episodes
2003 Murphy's Law Mickey Munday Episode: "Manic Munday"
Murder in Mind Tom Robbins Episode: "Justice"
Suspicion Mark Finnegan 2 episodes
2005 Kidnapped Alexander Balfour / Ebenezer Balfour TV Movie
The Quatermass Experiment Detective Lomax TV Movie
Child of Mine Alfie Palmer TV Movie
2007 The Whistleblowers Chris Clayton Episode: "Starters"
2008 Whistleblower Florence Wycherley 2 episodes
2009 Ashes to Ashes Martin Summers Series 2; 8 episodes
2010 A Touch of Frost Gerry Berland Episodes: "If Dogs Run Free", Parts 1 & 2
Mo David Trimble TV Movie
2011 Silk Joe Gillespie QC Episode: "Three Sheets to the Wind"
Death in Paradise Aidan Miles Episodes: "Music of Murder" and "Amongst Us"
2012 Scott & Bailey Det. Supt. Rick Wallis Episode: "Pipe Dreams"
Silent Witness Sean Delaney Episodes: "Fear", Parts 1 & 2
The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby Ralph Nickleby 5 episodes
2012—present Line of Duty Supt. Ted Hastings Series 1—4; 23 episodes
2013 Jo Olivier Cattan Episode: "Place Vendôme"
2014 Walter DI Walter Gambon TV Movie
A Touch of Cloth Damien Vull Episodes: "Too Cloth for Comfort", Parts 1 & 2
2016 The Hollow Crown Plantagenet Episodes: "Henry VI", Parts 1 & 2
2017 Broken Father Peter Flaherty 6 episodes
2018 Blood Jim Hogan 6 episodes
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