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Birmingham-born actor Nigel Boyle wins big with Line of Duty at this year's National TV Awards

On the 9th September, the O2 hosted the 2021 National TV Awards in London. Line of Duty nabbed the Special Recognition Award, with the NTAs describing it as "a show that had the nation obsessing over the busting of bent coppers, with an audience of 15 million, making it our most watched drama of the 21st century".

Image of Line of Duty actor Nigel Boyle in character as Ian Buckells, pictured from the chest up in the police station wearing a suit

Nigel Boyle, also known for his appearances in Peaky Blinders, Small Axe and Doctors celebrated with his fellow Line of Duty team following their big win at the NTAs. The popular crime drama was the recipient of the 2021 Special Recognition Award - an accolade which in previous years has gone to British household names such as Sir Michael Palin, Sir David Attenborough and Billy Conolly. They also bagged themselves the NTA award for Returning Drama.

Image of Line of Duty cast and crew on the red carpet at the National TV Awards following their win for the Special Recognition Award

Not only was Line of Duty filmed partly in Birmingham, one of its star actors is also a proud Brummie, a BCU alumnus and an Aston Villa fan. Originally from Moseley, South Birmingham, Nigel was a student of the Birmingham School of Acting, where he graduated in 2002. Although perhaps best known for being Line of Duty's DCI Buckells, he's starred in a number of roles both on stage and on screen.

Boyle's character made his debut in the first series of Line of Duty back in 2012 as a Detective Inspector who was placed in charge of investigating the disappearance of Jackie Laverty (played by Gina McKee), an associate of the Organised Crime Group. The character remained as a regular fixture until the sixth series, where he played his most pivotal role yet, overseeing DCI Joanne Davidson (played by Kelly Macdonald) and her investigation of the murder of Gail Vella.