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His character Ian Buckells might have just been unmasked as OCG mastermind H in hit BBC cop show Line of Duty, but actor Nigel Boyle's life away from the cameras is just as interesting.

The surly Detective Superintendent might have been an unlikely suspect when he made his first ever appearance in Line of Duty back in 2012, joining up for series one and four before popping up again for the sixth season.

But he was imprisoned for perverting the course of justice and banished to HMP Blackthorn.

And during the series six finale he was finally confirmed as elusive villain H.

Line of Duty isn't his only acting role, either – he's starred in everything from iconic comedies like The Inbetweeners and Peep Show, to hit period drama Peaky Blinders.

Away from the cameras, Nigel is currently settling into life as a third-time dad after welcoming his daughter Cora Rose Boyle in March with wife Lainy Boyle.

Dad of three

The dad-of-three announced the happy news of their new arrival on social media, with Lainy telling fans: "Introducing Cora Rose Boyle, the third and final instalment of the Boyle baby trilogy!

"She just about let me make it to the Birth Centre on Tuesday morning before arriving 15 minutes later at 7.09am, weighing 7lb 6oz and has not stopped feeding since."

The couple have two other children – Declan Sonny, two, and Finnian, five.

Lainy said Cora’s brothers are just as excited to meet their new sister as Lainy and Nigel were, adding: "Her brothers are just as in love with her as we are.

"Cora’s a very lucky girl x".

Meanwhile, dad Nigel shared a super sweet snap on his own Instagram page of him holding their new arrival, placing a gentle kiss to her forehead.

"Our little princess is one week old today!" he captioned the photo.

Famous family

And Nigel isn’t the only famous face in the family – Lainy also has a career as an actress, having starred in shows like Trollied and EastEnders.

But fans might recognise him from his other acting projects – he had a recurring role in Doctors as Russell Wade in 2019, and appeared in Silent Witness last year as Clive Miller.

The star even appeared in a few episodes of Corrie.

And though Line of Duty was his first foray into the police force, he wasn’t quite done with the legal system, as he appeared in hit show Peaky Blinders in 2017 as a copper.

He’s also had cameos in comedies including Peep Show and The Inbetweeners.

Making waves

Buckells is indubitably Nigel’s biggest role yet – assigned to the Hillside Lane Station Murder Investigation Team, Buckells was originally brought in to replace Tony Gates after his death.

He was involved in the investigation into Jackie Laverty’s disappearance before returning in series four to take Roz Huntley’s place on Operation Trapdoor.

But in series six he was interrogated for suspicious behaviour by AC-12 after awarding a commendation to the crooked Ryan Pilkington after he supposedly saved Terry Boyle’s life.

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Nigel actually hails from Birmingham, and is a mega Aston Villa fan.

He grew up in Bartley Green, Birmingham, and was the youngest in his family of six.

Nigel went on to graduate from the Birmingham School of Acting in 2002.

In case it wasn’t clear from his Twitter handle – @Villaboycey – the actor also spoke to Birmingham Mail about his love for the game.

"I actually sat in the directors box for my first game. […] It was against Derby County," he said.

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But he was the only one of his brothers to punt for Aston Villa, while they all supported Birmingham City.

"I make it to pretty much all the away games down here and I’ve got a lot of friends that are London-based Villa fans now so we all go to the games together.

"I love the away games especially if they're in London because the atmosphere’s just amazing. […] I cant get enough of the chants, it's brilliant – a few beers beforehand and joining in with the singing. There’s always loads of singing, it's brilliant. I’m all over it."

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