Line of Duty star Amy de Bhrún has opened up about the series six shakeup as she appeared to confirm that there were initially only supposed to be six episodes.
The 37-year-old actress, who plays Scouse beauty Steph Corbett in the hit BBC police drama, opened up about the final voicemail her character left for Steve Arnott in the show.
Appearing on Steph's Packed Lunch on Monday, the day after the series six finale, Amy admitted she had no idea how the recorded voice message would be used in the programme.
"Did you know how that voice note was going to be used, then, when you recorded it?" presenter Steph McGovern asked.
"It was something actually that came in a bit later, because originally I think it was only gonna be six episodes," Amy explained. "And then they added another episode.
"So I knew that it was going to be left very open-ended with Steve and Steph, but that was a new addition that came in quite late."
She also discussed how easy it was to switch from her Irish accent into a Liverpudlian one, and admitted she snaps in and out of it when she finishes filming.
"It's something that I slipped into quite naturally, especially when I got the audition," Amy confessed.
"There's a lot of links with the Irish accent and the Scouse accent, strangely enough – maybe it's because a lot of people went over [to Liverpool], I don't know.
"But It's definitely something I didn't want to mess up at the same time, so I had to check in series five with Stephen Graham, was it okay and then I was even listening to his voice before going back to series six."
Steph quizzed her: "So do you spend your time walking around with that accent just to get yourself into the zone?"
But Amy responded: "No, the weirdest thing with me and accents is I have to step in and step out of them. As soon as the director yells 'Cut!' I have to go back to Amy, otherwise I can't have a conversation with somebody.
"I just end up feeling like a weirdo!" she laughed.
"On the other side of that, I was working with Martin [Compston] who's Scottish, and he stays in the accent the whole time, so we were laughing about how different our approaches are.
"He's like 'I couldn't slip in and out!' and I'm like 'I couldn't stay in it!' We're completely different."
Amy also let slip another hint that Line of Duty could continue for another series after the BBC appeared to confirm series seven earlier today.
The blonde beauty hinted the story could "develop further", after many fans were left disappointed by its conclusion, with Ian Buckells revealed as the elusive criminal mastermind H.
"Would you like to see another series?" Steph asked her.
"As a fan of the show, I actually would like to see another series. I think Jed [Mercurio] is such a good writer that it's half cleaned up, but in another way you could see that it could develop further.
"But basically, as an actual fan, yes of course I'd like to see another series."
"And as a cast member?" Steph pressed.
"Oh yeah!" she said. "Wouldn't you!"
"I'm waiting for them to write me in!" the presenter joked.
BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore appeared to confirm a seventh series after the series six finale.
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In a statement, Charlotte said: "Addictive event television, Line of Duty has kept the nation guessing for the last seven weeks, so it's no surprise that last night's jaw dropping finale set a ratings record.
"Jed Mercurio is a master of his craft, and I would like to congratulate him and the entire cast and crew for delivering such an incredible drama series.
"I'm looking forward to having a conversation with the team about where we go next and what the future of the series might be."
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