Line of Duty star Brian McCardie dies 'suddenly' aged 59

Brian McCardie - who was known for his roles in 'Line of Duty' and 'Outlander' - has died at the age of 59.

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Brian McCardie has died at the age of 59.

The actor was best known for his role as mafia boss Tommy Hunter in the hit BBC One drama series 'Line of Duty' but he passed away "suddenly" on Sunday (28.04.24), his family has announced.

Without revealing a cause of death, his sister Sarah said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie , 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."

Tributes poured in for the TV actor - who was also known for his role as Jackson Jones in the prison drama 'Time' alongside Sean Bean and Stephen Graham - with several of his friends, former colleagues and co-stars rushing to pay their respects.

Author Paul Larkin tweeted: “Shocked and devastated to learn of the passing of Brian McCardie", whilst producer Paul Larkin admitted he was "devasted" at the news as he remembered how they would both have discussions about the importance of mental health.

He wrote: "Shocked and devastated to learn of the passing of Brian McCardie. Brian was a brilliant friend and we had many discussions about mental health issues where he was a fantastic help to me. As well as that; he was a phenomenal actor. Sleep tight Brother."

Director Alan Bowman Clarke posted: "I'm saddened to hear about the death of legendary actor Brian McCardie.

"I spoke to him a few times about projects and always found him genuine, passionate, generous and funny.

"I wrote a part for him in a future project. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”

The actor had also starred in an episode of 'Outlander' and had recently joined the cast of its prequel spin-off 'Blood of My Blood', where he had been cast as the chief of Clan Grant.

Away from acting, Brian was a keen writer and performed his one-man show 'Connolly' in London's West End just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and also toured Ireland giving readings of his poetry.

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