Why This 'Line of Duty' Star Is Missing for Series 6

Justin Harp
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Photo credit: BBC

From Esquire

Line of Duty spoilers follow

Former Line of Duty star Taj Atwal has explained why she's been missing in action in the show's sixth series.

Atwal joined the BBC crime thriller in its prior series as AC-12's newest recruit PC Tatleen Sohota, a crucial figure in uncovering the truth about John Corbett's ties to the Organised Crime Group.

The PC wasn't part of this past weekend's explosive series six opener, leaving viewers to wonder what had become of this crucial member of the AC-12 squad.

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Photo credit: BBC

In real life, there's a practical reason to explain Atwal's absence – she had landed a bigger role in fellow BBC crime drama series The Syndicate and just couldn't fit Line of Duty into her schedule.

"I couldn't make the dates work alongside The Syndicate," she told BBC Radio 5 Live this week. "I had to choose and it was not an easy decision."

Atwal explained that she'd made the difficult choice to walk away from Line of Duty because her role in The Syndicate was a chance to "play a completely different character".

The opportunity to work with The Syndicate creator Kay Mellor – of The Chase and Fat Friends acclaim – was also too alluring to pass up.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"It was not easy but, Kay is very hard to turn down because she is just so lovely, and I've worked with her so much previously, and Roxy was a just completely different character for me to play and just challenge myself, really," she said.

Line of Duty series 6 continues on Sundays at 9pm on BBC One

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