In Spotlight: Vicky McClure’s best TV roles – from This Is England to Line of Duty

She certainly knows how to pick her roles – we take a look at some of Vicky McClure’s biggest moments on screen to date, ahead of her role in Trigger Point on ITV.

By Katie Archer Published: 13 January 2022 - 2.35pm
BBC / ITV / FilmFour Vicky McClure in Line of Duty / Broadchurch / This is England

Vicky McClure drew in huge audiences every Sunday night as one of the stars of BBC’s hit police drama Line of Duty.

But it isn’t the only time she’s fronted a ratings triumph, as the Nottingham-born actress has some very impressive titles on her CV - whether she’s playing a detective or a member of a skinhead gang.

It's safe to say that whatever she's in, McClure makes unmissable TV. Here’s our pick of her best roles so far, ahead of her new gig in ITV bomb thriller Trigger Point

Interview: Vicky McClure talks Trigger Point

Vicky McClure in Trigger Point ITV

Vicky McClure answers seven burning questions about Trigger Point - including what attracted her to the script, whether she did her own stunts, and whether her Line of Duty co-stars got FOMO about not appearing in the show…

Read Vicky McClure's 7 Questions interview >

Line of Duty - Kate Fleming

DI Kate Fleming (VICKY MCCLURE), DS Chris Lomax (PERRY FITZPATRICK) Line of Duty BBC

As Kate Fleming, McClure has enjoyed one of the most exciting star roles on the police procedural.

Her detective character hasn’t just been instrumental in cracking some of AC-12’s trickiest cases – she’s also worked undercover a number of times and in series six is part of a murder investigation team, while also feeding back secret info to her old anti-corruption squad.

Fleming and Arnott’s partnership is a fan favourite on the series, with her cool-headed character acting as the perfect foil to troubled Arnott (Martin Compston).

She’s even earned the grudging respect of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), who despite being miffed that Fleming abandoned his team has now accepted he can’t do without her help.

In series five of Line of Duty, McClure was also reunited with a co-star from her other most famous show – This Is England’s Stephen Graham played John Corbett, the undercover officer being investigated by AC-12.

Line of Duty series 1-6 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The Replacement - Paula

McClure was unnervingly creepy in this psychological thriller about a woman ousted from not just her job, but most aspects of her life after taking maternity leave.

She featured as Paula, the replacement of the title and a seemingly competent maternity cover for Morven Christie’s architect character Ellen. Once Paula got her feet under the desk, however, she quickly began to overstep a number of personal and professional boundaries.

As Paula’s lies began to unravel, it became clear that she was after more than just a permanent job, as her strange back story revealed her to be Ellen’s worst nightmare.

The Replacement is not currently available to watch on demand.

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Broadchurch - Karen White

Broadchurch Vicky McClure ITV

Just a year after Line of Duty debuted, McClure signed up to appear in another detective drama that had the entire nation talking.

Broadchurch, which starred Olivia Colman and David Tennant as the detectives investigating a young boy’s mysterious death, was must-watch telly. Series one also featured McClure, although here she was a journalist rather than a member of the police.

Her character Karen White worked for a national newspaper but set up office in the town to report on the strange case, ruffling a few feathers as she took advantage of a local hack.

Sadly, Karen White didn't return after the first series, but it was another impeccably chosen role for McClure as her TV career took off.

Broadchurch series 1-3 are available to watch on BritBox.

This Is England - Lol

Although we now know her best as detective Kate Fleming, there was a time not so long ago when we thought nothing would ever make Vicky McClure more famous than This Is England.

She starred as Lol in the 2006 Shane Meadows film, as well as the ’86, ’88 and ’90 spin-off TV series about the skinhead gang on a Midlands council estate.

McClure was noted for her performance as single mum Lol who suffered post traumatic stress disorder from her troubled past with an abusive father, and was a favourite character with viewers.

Lol was a world away from Kate Fleming, but McClure fans will always associate her with her breakout role.

This Is England is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.