Line of Duty fans go wild over epic throwback of Vicky McClure and PC Pilkington actor Gregory Piper

LINE of Duty fans have gone wild over an epic throwback of Vicky McClure and Gregory Piper on the first series of the show.

The pair of course play DI Kate Fleming and evil PC Ryan Pilkington, who were involved in an armed stand-off at the end of Sunday's show.

But in the sweet snap from 2012 which has been shared by a fan, actor Gregory is just 11-years-old.

The two Line Of Duty stars – who's characters are now arch enemies – can be seen beaming happily together.

Fans loved this amazing throwback, with one saying: "So cool that you got the same actor back, makes it feel even more authentic!"

While this one commented: "I can't believe it's the same boy!"

Another said: "I love this photo so much!"

Gregory originally played a young Ryan Pilkington in season one, who had been brought up as part of the OCG.

Back then, his job with the balaclava gang involved delivering “burner phones” and collecting drugs while riding around on his BMX bike.

But he returned for the show's sixth series as a bent copper who's mission was to hide the OCG's involvement in Gail Vella's murder. 

What thrilled fans most about today's throwback picture, was the fact that Kate and Ryan were involved in the ultimate cliffhanger at the end of the last episode.

Viewers were left reeling when the the episode ended abruptly with the sound of two gunshots, leaving fans aghast that one of them had been killed.

Lots of fan theories have been swirling around about who has been shot dead.

Vicky’s co-star, Adrian Dunbar, who plays AC-12’s Supt Ted Hastings, whipped fans into a frenzy by suggesting there was a clue to who survives.

On Good Morning Britain yesterday, Adrian teased: “I know and a lot of Line Of Duty fans know. All will be revealed in the fullness of time — there’s been a very big clue.”

Devotees believe he is referring to Kate wearing a distinctive jumper in AC-12’s interrogation room in the trailer for the hit crime show’s current outing.

The fact the scene has yet to feature in series six suggests she survived the “duel”.

Adding to the mystery, TV mag listings say this Sunday’s penultimate episode will feature a tragedy.

That indicates Kate may die after all. Or if she has survived, it begs the question: Who has taken a bullet?

The series, written by Jed Mercurio, certainly has viewers hooked, with a record 10.1million tuning in on Sunday.

  • Line Of Duty returns on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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