Line of Duty cast: Who is Terry Boyle? Here’s why he is important

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Line of Duty season six premiered tonight (Sunday, March 21) on BBC One. In the first episode, new arrival DCI Jo Davidson (played by Kelly MacDonald) is leading an investigation into the murder of journalist Gail Vella (Andi Osho). One of the suspects if Terry Boyle (Tommy Jessop) but who is he? has everything you need to know.

Warning: This article contains spoilers about Line of Duty

Who is Terry Boyle in Line of Duty?

At the beginning of Line of Duty season six, Terry Boyle found himself being held as one of the main suspects in the murder of journalist Gail Vella.

He was arrested under the false name of Ross Turner, the name given to police working on the murder case by the CHIS (cover human intelligence source).

The CHIS reported information a man, by the name of Ross Turner, had bragged about killing Gail and notified the police of his location.

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When police arrived at Beechwood House, they were met by a familiar face – Terry Boyle.

Loyal Line of Duty fans may have recognised the name Terry Boyle as he has appeared in the gripping police drama before.

In the first series of Line of Duty in 2012, Terry was linked to gangster Tommy Hunter (Brian McCardie).

Ryan (Gregory Piper), Carly (Charlotte Spencer) and Dean, all members of Tommy’s gang exploited Terry’s learning difficulties and manipulated him, landing him in hot water after they used his flat to hide the dead body of Jackie Laverty (Gina McKee).

Terry re-appeared in the fifth series of Line of Duty, where it was revealed Ryan was still manipulating Terry, six years later.

Ryan, alongside other gang members, visited Terry after he failed to tell them the police had raided the print shop the Organised Crime Group (OCG) was using as their HQ.

Towards the end of the first episode of  Line of Duty season six, it was revealed thanks to a surveillance issue, no one was watching the Beechwood flat where Terry Boyle was arrested by police.

Police also uncovered fingerprints at Terry’s flat belonging to a man named Carl Banks, who is believed to be related to OCG mastermind, Lee Banks (Alastair Natkiel).

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This may have meant the real killer was not Ross Turner but actually Carl Banks, who managed to leave the flat after planting evidence in a bid to frame Terry.

Thanks to a diversion led by Davidson, there was an even greater delay in arriving at Beechwood House, giving potentially Carl more time to flee.

At the end of the episode, Terry is released on police bail with no charges against him.

DS Steve Arnott is then heard telling Ted: “One initial line of inquiry in Vella was a contract killing. According to my informant on the Hill, Operation Lighthouse has detected forensic evidence linking to this suspect, Carl Banks.

“Carl Banks has an extensive history of violence, including firearms offences, and a long association with organised crime.”

Unfortunately, it looks like Terry may once again find himself being used a scapegoat for the crimes of Carl Banks and the Organised Crime Group (OCG)

There is even more reasons for viewers to be worried about Terry. 

Back in season one, members of the OCG stored the body of Jackie Laverty in Terry’s freezer and in season five, she was still revealed to be stored in there.

However, in season six, episode one, newcomer Jo Davidson is heard questioning Terry about the location of his freezer as it appears to have been moved.

Who moved Terry’s freezer and if the body of Jackie Laverty is still being held in there remains unknown for now.

Whether viewers will find out anytime soon also remains unknown…for now.

Line of Duty continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One

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