Line Of Duty star Stephen Graham admits he ‘always knew’ John Corbett would meet THAT gruesome fate… as he stays tight-lipped about H’s identity
Line Of Duty star Stephen Graham has admitted he always knew his character John Corbett would be killed off.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, the star confessed writer Jed Mercurio told him from the start the undercover officer would meet a gruesome fate, but still branded the role a ‘huge honour.’
It came as Stephen remained tight-lipped about the identity of the sinister crime boss H, ahead of the fifth series’ feature-length finale on Sunday.
Truth: Line Of Duty star Stephen Graham has admitted he always knew his character John Corbett would be killed off
Stephen told Jonathan: ‘[Jed Mercurio] asked me ”would I do it?” He said when he wrote it he had me in mind so that was a huge honour, someone like Jed.
‘He’s very successful and he’s a fantastic writer. He told me straightaway from the start what was going to happen to the character, which is why I found it was really interesting.’
Stephen’s character was introduced into Line Of Duty’s fifth series as an undercover officer working in an organised crime group, but questions were raised around whether his loyalties had turned.
RIP: The star told Jonathan Ross writer Jed Mercurio told him from the start that DS John Corbett would meet a gruesome fate, after his undercover operation was exposed
In an explosive twist fans were left reeling when Corbett was brutally killed by the OCG, after they discovered he was working with the police to try and track down the ever elusive H.
Despite endless grillings about H’s identity, Stephen went onto insist he has no idea who the character is, and whether his identity will be revealed in Sunday’s finale.
He said: ‘On my ma’s life, no. I’m serious. I don’t know. I read the script but I’m not giving anything away.’
It’s a secret! And despite a grilling by host Jonathan, Stephen remained tight-lipped about the identity of crime boss H, ahead of Line Of Duty’s feature-length finale on Sunday
Tight-lipped: The star said: ‘On my ma’s life, no. I’m serious. I don’t know. I read the script but I’m not giving anything away’
It remains to be seen whether H’s identity will be revealed, as Line Of Duty has already been renewed for a sixth series by the BBC.
Stephen is also well-known for his roles in the series’ This Is England and Boardwalk Empire.
The star has recently been working with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, as they star in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix epic The Irishman.
Acclaimed: Stephen also spoke about his experience working with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, on the upcoming mafia drama The Irishman
Speaking about his experience working with the Hollywood heavyweights, Stephen told Jonathan the role was a turning point in his career, after Taxi Driver inspired him to become an actor.
He explained: ‘That’s kind of, being a kid from where I’m from, and growing up and going to the Everyman and getting on the bus, you never ever think you’re going to be meeting people like that, let alone working with people like that.
‘My dad, when I said I’m really serious about this acting, he said ”well look, watch this. We sat down and we watched ”Taxi Driver’, and he said ”if you want to be a really good actor, this is the kind of calibre of the work you should be watching, this is what you should aspire to try to do.”
‘You can imagine when I phoned my dad and said ”guess where I’m going.” It was one of those lovely moments. They were absolutely adorable to work with.’
Proud: The star explained that landing a role in the film was a turning point in his career, after Taxi Driver inspired him to become an actor
Touching: ‘You can imagine when I phoned my dad and said ”guess where I’m going.” It was one of those lovely moments. They were absolutely adorable to work with,’ he said
Speaking about his two hour meeting with De Niro, the star continued: ‘It was the first time I’d met him, I literally had to fly out on the Friday night, meet him on the Saturday and come back on the Sunday.
‘Mr De Niro was the executive producer and wanted to sign off on everyone. I was only supposed to be there for 20 minutes. You’re going in to meet heroes. I’ve met Gary Oldman and that was amazing to meet Gary Oldman and to work with Gary Oldman.
‘But this was Robert De Niro. I was pacing up and down and all that. He just walked in with a pair of shorts on, cap, paper under his arm. He just went ”hey.” That was it. Two and a half hours later a woman had to drag me out the room and catch my plane.’
Funny: Stephen has also spoken openly about his friendship with superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, who he met on the set of Gangs Of New York in 2002
Oops! The star went onto tell a hilarious tale about the Oscar winner, after he suffered a near-death experience
Stephen has also spoken openly about his friendship with superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, who he met on the set of Gangs Of New York in 2002.
The star went onto tell a hilarious tale about the Oscar winner, after he suffered a near-death experience.
He said: ‘We became really good mates. He used to drive a little golf cart. Two days before we’re due to start work he’s driving around in this golf car and I’ve asked him if I can have a go.
‘So I’m driving this golf cart straight down the hill and we’ve come to a corner and I’ve looked at DiCaprio and as I’ve turned the corner and as I’ve turned the corner, I’ve hit a brick and the golf cart started to tip.
‘It’s gone in slow motion and as it’s gone his leg’s underneath it looked like it was going to land on his foot. And then he just pulled it in and it hit the floor. We got up and he said ”you could have broke my leg.” I was going ”I’m so sorry.” He said ”I love you man.” He gave me the nickname ”animal” from that moment on.’
Steven was a guest on the show alongside singer Ellie Goulding, comedian Alan Carr, presenter Rochelle Humes and comic Romesh Ranganathan.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday 4th May at 9:15pm on ITV.
Star-studded: The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday 4th May at 9:15pm on ITV
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