Everything there is to know about Line Of Duty Ian Buckells actor Nigel Boyle – from newborn baby to Peaky Blinders
2nd May 2021

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Nigel Boyle made his first appearance in the BBC's gripping crime drama Line Of Duty way back in 2012.

Familiar to longtime LOD fans from both the first and fourth season of the show, his character Detective Superintendent Ian Buckells returned once more in this the sixth season.

But while the nation has been gripped by the latest episode of the hit show each Sunday, Nigel has had other things on his mind.

The actor is settling into life as a third time dad, having welcomed daughter Cora Rose Boyle last month with his wife Lainy Boyle.

Here we look at Boyle's life offscreen, from why you know his face, to his biggest role to date.

Dad of three

Nigel and wife Lainy welcomed their third child last month, announcing the happy news on Instagram on April 8.

Lainy told fans: "Introducing Cora Rose Boyle, the third and final instalment of the Boyle baby trilogy!

"She just about let me make it to the Birth Centre on Tuesday morning before arriving 15 minutes later at 7.09am, weighing 7lb 6oz and has not stopped feeding since."

Cora joins big brothers Declan Sonny, who turned two last month, and five-year-old Finnian, known as Finney.

Lainy said of her latest arrival: "Her brothers are just as in love with her as we are… And, of course, wonderful daddy who will be having to meet my incessant 'can you pass me the biscuits' demands in the coming weeks."

As for Nigel, the doting dad shared a montage of baby photos celebrating Cora's arrival.

Regular on the small screen

He might not be a household name, but there's every chance Nigel's face seem familiar.

Along with Line Of Duty, he has appeared in multiple British TV shows and many a TV advert, including ones for Ladbrokes, WKD, McCoys and a 118 Money advert with his family.

His TV roles range from Home Fires to Humans and The Enfield Haunting, Peaky Blinders, Steve Coogan's This Time With Alan Partridge and Small Axe.

There have also been cameos in hit series The Inbetweeners, Peep Show and Casualty. Coronation Street fans will have seen him onscreen twice – playing a Solicitor employed by David and Kylie Platt in 2012 and again in 2015 as Joe, a friend of Luke Britton's who sold fake designer clothes.

His biggest role yet

Ian Buckells is a Detective Superintendent Central Police assigned to the Hillside Lane Station Murder Investigation Team.

Nigel first played the surly policeman in the first series when Buckells was brought in to replace Tony Gates on the investigation into Jackie Laverty's disappearance.

He then returned in series four to step in for Roz Huntley when she was pulled off Operation Trapdoor.

Buckells returned for a third time in this, the sixth season.

This time his storyline saw his character interrogated for suspicious behaviour by AC12.

He came onto their radar for activity which included giving a commendation to crooked young constable Ryan Pilkington for supposedly saving the life of suspect Terry Boyle.

He's a Brummie – and Aston Villa superfan

The youngest of four children born to Irish parents in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, Nigel graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2002.

The 41-year-old is an Aston Villa superfan, and regularly posts about the team on his Instagram account.

While Nigel and his wife and children now live in London, he regularly heads back to Birmingham matches, holding a season ticket until a few years ago.

He told Birmingham Live: "I make it to pretty much all the away games down here and I’ve got a lot of friends that are London-based Villa fans now so we all go to the games together.

"I love the away games especially if they're in London because the atmosphere’s just amazing. I never wear a good top whenever I go away with Villa because you're going to get beer on it, aren’t you? I cant get enough of the chants, it's brilliant – a few beers beforehand and joining in with the singing. There’s always loads of singing, it's brilliant. I’m all over it."

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