Line of Duty and Filth star Brian McCardie dies aged 59

The Motherwell-born actor's death was announced on social media by his sister Sarah on Tuesday.

Line of Duty and Filth star Brian McCardie dies aged 59 BBC

Actor Brian McCardie, best known for roles in Line of Duty, Filth, and Outlander has died aged 59, his family has announced.

The Motherwell-born actor, best known for playing mafia boss John Thomas ‘Tommy’ Hunter in the police procedural thriller, was recently announced as part of the cast of Outlander prequel, Blood Of My Blood.

Also known for appearing with James McAvoy in Filth, and alongside Michael Sheen in football drama The Damned United, the actor appeared in many films and tv shows in a career that spanned over two decades.

McCardie also had roles in 2019 Netflix series The Last Czars, along with BBC shows 2021’s Time, opposite Sean Bean, Dundee-set Dog Days and 2023’s Agatha Christie’s Murder Is Easy.

His sister, Sarah McCardie, announced the actors death on X on Tuesday. No cause of death was given.

She said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie (59), beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many.

“Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 28th April. A wonderful and passionate actor on stage and screen, Brian loved his work and touched many lives, and is gone much too soon.

“We love him and will miss him greatly; please remember Brian in your thoughts. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the days ahead. As a family, we would ask for privacy at this time.”

McCardie’s agent, United Agents, also paid tribute on social media, writing: “We are shocked and so deeply saddened by the tragic news of Brian McCardie’s sudden death.

“He was an actor of such great talent who we were lucky to represent, and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

A statement from Line Of Duty producers Jed Mercurio and Simon Heath and the team behind the hit show, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of Brian McCardie’s death.

BBC handout photo of actor Brian McCardie as Terry in Dog Days. BBC

“We feel honoured to have worked with Brian on Line Of Duty. Brian was an incredibly talented actor, and the lasting impact he had as Tommy Hunter is testament to the power of his performance.

“Off screen, Brian couldn’t have been more different from the character he played – he was warm, funny and charming. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time.”

Scottish Culture Secretary Angus Robertson wrote on X: “Tremendously sad news. Brian McCardie was a terrific actor and lovely guy. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

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