Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar

Dunbar in 2014
Born (1958-08-01) 1 August 1958
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Anna Nygh (1986present)

Adrian Dunbar (born 1 August 1958) is an actor and director from Northern Ireland, best known for his television and theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards.[1]

More recently Dunbar is known for playing Superintendent Ted Hastings in BBC Two drama Line Of Duty.

Early life

Dunbar was born and brought up in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, the eldest of seven siblings. He was educated by the Presentation Brothers before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Dunbar has appeared in such notable films as My Left Foot, The Crying Game, and The General. He has also had leading roles in the films Triggermen, Shooters, How Harry Became A Tree (with Colm Meaney), Richard III, and Widows' Peak. On television, he starred in the first episode of Cracker, a fine performance as an innocent murder suspect with amnesia, and also the last episode of A Touch of Frost, and has been in many British productions, including Tough Love, Inspector Morse, Kidnapped, Murphy's Law, Murder in Mind, Ashes to Ashes and the 2005 re-staging of The Quatermass Experiment.

Dunbar's theatre credits include: The Shaughraun and Exiles at Dublin's Abbey Theatre; Real Dreams and The Danton Affair at the Royal Shakespeare Company; King Lear, Pope's Wedding, Saved and Up To The Sun And Down To The Centre at Royal Court Theatre, Conversations on a homecoming at the Lyric Theatre (Belfast); A Trinity of Two (as Oscar Wilde) at Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre; Boeing Boeing (London, 2007). He directed a critically acclaimed production of Philadelphia Here I Come!. In 2008 he starred in and co-directed Brendan at the Chelsea by Janet Behan, playing the Irish playwright Brendan Behan. The play was the first to be staged in the Naughton Studio in the new Lyric Theatre (Belfast) after it reopened in 2011 and is being revived for a tour to Theatre Row in New York in September 2013.

He played the role of Aufidius in the BBC Radio production of Coriolanus. He also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi, and appeared on stage as Vermeer in an adaptation of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

In 2008, Dunbar played the role of Philip Conolly in the critically acclaimed award winning The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce. Dunbar shot the film with fellow Irish actor Ciarán McMenamin in the remote rain-forests of north west Tasmania. He has also joined the cast of the British Police procedural Television series, Line of Duty, in 2012 portraying the role of Superintendent Ted Hastings continuing on in this role for Series 2 (2014) and Series 3 (2016).

Dunbar is planning to direct Connolly, a movie about Irish labour union organizer James Connolly as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Nora. The production company is Rascal Films.

Dunbar also directs theatre and has staged productions for the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.[2][3][4][5]

He played the mysterious character Martin Summers in the second series of Ashes to Ashes.

In 2014 he played the title character in a BBC comedy drama Walter[6]

In other media


Dunbar received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster in June 2009 in recognition of his services to acting.[8]

Personal life

Dunbar has a daughter and stepson from his 1986 marriage to the Australian actress Anna Nygh. He lives in Crouch End in North London. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club in London.

Select Filmography

Production Year Notes
Walter 2014 TV comedy drama
Line of Duty 2012–present TV Series
Death in Paradise 2011 TV Series
A Touch of Frost 2010 Last ever episode
Mo 2010 TV Film
Ashes to Ashes 2009 TV Series 8 Episodes Martin Summers
The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce 2008 Film
The Whistleblowers 2007 1 episode
Eye of the Dolphin 2007 Film
Child of Mine 2005 TV Film
Against Nature 2005 short
The Quatermass Experiment 2005
Kidnapped 2005 Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel of the same name
Mickybo and Me 2004 Film
The Measure of My Days 2003
Suspicion 2003
Murder in Mind 2003 1 episode: Justice
Murphy's Law 2003 1 episode: Manic Munday
Triggermen 2002 Film
Shooters 2002 Film
How Harry Became a Tree 2001 Film
Wild About Harry 2000 Film
The Wedding Tackle 2000 Film
Last Orders 2000
Tough Love 2000 2 episodes
Relative Strangers 1999
The Officer from France 1998
The Jump 1998 4 episodes
The General 1998 Film
Melissa 1997
Richard III 1995
The Near Room 1995 Film
Innocent Lies 1995 Film
Cruel Train 1995
The Blue Boy 1994
Widows' Peak 1994 Film
Pleasure 1994
A Woman's Guide to Adultery 1993
Cracker 1993 2 episodes
A Statement of Affairs 1993
The Crying Game 1992 Film
The Playboys 1992 Film
Inspector Morse 1992 1 episode: Dead on Time
Force of Duty 1992
Children of the North 1991
Hear My Song 1991 Film
Drowning in the Shallow End 1990
The Englishman's Wife 1990
Dealers 1989 Film
My Left Foot 1989 Film
A World Apart 1988 Film
The Four Minute Mile 1988
The Dawning 1988 Film
Unusual Ground Floor Conversion 1987 Film
Strangers in Utah 1987 1 Episode, also featuring Phyllis Law
Sky Bandits 1986 Film
The Price 1985 4 episodes, shot in UT and IL.
Play for Today 1984 1 episode: "The Cry"
After You've Gone 1984


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