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Could Adrian Dunbar return to the music scene after Line of Duty?

Adrian Dunbar, pictured in 2006 in McHugh's Bar in Belfast where he performed with his band the Jonahs as part of the Cathedral Quarter Belfast Eighth Open House Festival. Picture by Paul Faith/PA

WITH doubts surrounding the continuation of the Line of Duty series, what could be next for popular Co Fermanagh actor Adrian Dunbar?

As Superintendent Ted Hastings in charge of anti-corruption unite AC-12, fans have come to know and love his no-nonsense character.

But with no clear indication that the gritty police crime drama will return for another series, fans have been speculating that Dunbar could turn to music next.

The Enniskillen-born actor, who attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, is no stranger to the music scene after previously playing in bands.

He even fronted his own group, Adie Dunbar And The Jonahs.

Among his gigs on home turf was a performance in McHugh's Bar in Belfast in 2006 when he performed with his band as part of the Cathedral Quarter Belfast Eighth Open House Festival.

In 2019 he revealed that an unlikely recording career could be on the cards, after he was approached to record an album, describing his music style as "country jazz".

"I’m hoping to do something in the recording studio this year and I’ve had a couple of approaches about doing things," Dunbar told the Sunday Life.

"I don’t know what I’m going to do - it might be interesting to write a few songs or something - but definitely I’m going to do something.

"I was in bands many years ago, so that’s where it started. I played in bands, sang backing vocals and all the rest of it.

"That was always something that was there and I just never got a chance to do it.

"I started acting and that went away and you focus on other things, but I've always kept it going and I've always done gigs with friends of mine, a lot of jazz gigs in Ronnie Scott's and stuff like that over the years."

The 62-year-old also appeared on the RTÉ One Late Late Show in 2019 when he performed a rendition of 'It's a Wonderful World'.

Last year he also sang the Irish lullaby 'Castle of Dromore' as part of the 'For the Love of Arts' initiative to support the thousands of entertainment industry professionals affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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