Line Of Duty: Ryan Pilkington has been in the show since series one

Line Of Duty: OCG member Ryan Pilkington’s major role teased in series six… after being a part of the show since the very beginning

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Line Of Duty fans have been left enthralled by the throwbacks and hidden connections between series during the fifth season of the hit show.

And the return of Ryan Pilkington has left fans reeling, as they realise the character has been a part of the show since series one.

The series five finale saw Ryan’s future mapped out as he was accepted onto the police training scheme while being the only surviving member of the OCG (aside from a supposedly rehabilitated Lisa McQueen). 

Remember him? Line Of Duty fans have been left enthralled by the throwbacks and hidden connections between series during the fifth season of the hit show, including the reappearance of Ryan Pilkington

Ryan had a key role in the OCG in series five, even being the one to murder undercover cop John Corbett in episode four.

He was also seen discussing his plan to get into the police force, following in the footsteps of Dot Cottan, AKA the Caddy who acted as an informer for the gang during his time in the force.

After telling Lisa and co that he was sitting his exams in episode four, he then revealed he had a date for his interview.


Gang member: The series five finale saw Ryan’s future mapped out as he was accepted onto the police training scheme after first appearing in series one as part of the OCG (right)

The epilogue of the series five finale saw Ryan being accepted onto the force, and shown in uniform.

Ryan has been a part of the show since the second episode of series one, when he was supplying burner phones to members of the OCG, while riding around the estate on his BMX bike. 

He even had a go at trying to torture Steve Arnott in the first series after making police officer Tony Gates life a misery.  

Gruesome: Ryan had a key role in the OCG in series five, even being the one to murder undercover cop John Corbett in episode four

‘I want to ask the audience a question,’ Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio said at a screening for the first episode of series five, teasing Ryan’s reappearance. 

‘Did anybody spot who one of the organised crime gang were? Did anybody spot…? The little kid from series one! The kid who was 12 or 13 riding around on that BMX bike!’ 

Ryan is played by the same actor, Gregory Piper, who was just 12 years old when he first appeared in the series.   

Line of Duty fans were reeling after the series 5 finale revealed the secret behind crooked policeman ‘H’.

Say what?! Some fans hadn’t clicked that Ryan had appeared way back in series one 

Big plans: After telling Lisa and co that he was sitting his exams in episode four, he then revealed he had a date for his interview

Fans of the show have been following it avidly to discover the identity of the bent copper ever since murdered Dot’s deathbed confession – which appeared to suggest their first name began with a ‘H’.

However, in the 90 minute series finale, DC Steve Arnott re-watched the moment – and noticed that Dot, who was unable to speak after being shot, was tapping out morse code with his fingers.

The dying copper tapped out four figures suggesting there were in fact four crooked cops in the force.

And with three uncovered so far, the nation is gripped for series 6, so they can find out who is the fourth.

Rough upbringing: Ryan was supplying burner phones to members of the OCG, while riding around the estste on his BMX bike in series one

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