Keeley Hawes on her new Doctor Who role and Line Of Duty’s “controversial” ending

The actress says that filming on Doctor Who was "nerve-wrecking," and defends Line Of Duty by saying "it's a show isn't tied up neatly"


It’s been a busy year for Keeley Hawes. After appearing in the criticality-acclaimed Line Of Duty, she’s now just finished up on filming her role as a villain in Doctor Who. 


As announced last month, Hawes will play Ms Delphox: a “powerful” banker with a “dark secret.” Speaking about her time on set, she revealed a very minor taste of what’s to come. 

“I had such a lovely time on Doctor Who. Can’t really call it work, it was absolutely lovely. My favourite part was something I thought I’d never get to do, which is when the camera shakes [shakes her head]. You know, that kind of cheap effect!”

An explosion? An earthquake? Nausea? What could this shaking camera possibly mean? Talking to BT, she added:  “It’s quite nerve-wracking going on to a big show like that.”

Hawes, who plays DI Lindsay Denton in series two of Line Of Duty, also defended the ending to the BBC crime drama; which some viewers found abrupt and rushed.   


“I know it was controversial but I think it is a show that isn’t tied up neatly at any time during its five hours,” she said. “You’re constantly wondering and asking questions and trying to work out this mystery. I think it would’ve been wrong to wrap it neatly up in a bow at the end.”