Brian McCardie, ‘Line of Duty’ and ‘Rob Roy,’ actor, dies at 59

Brian McCardie, a Scottish actor best known for his roles in the BBC drama “Line of Duty” and the 1995 film “Rob Roy,” died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 59.

His death was announced by his sister, Sarah McCardie, Tuesday in an X post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie (59), beloved son, brother, uncle and dear friend to so many. Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday 28th April. A wonderful and passionate actor on stage and screen, Brian loved his work and touched many lives, and is gone much too soon.”

She added, “We love him and will miss him greatly; please remember Brian in your thoughts. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the days ahead. As a family, we would ask for privacy at this time.”

United Agents, which represented McCardie during his career, also confirmed the news of his passing on social media, calling him “an actor of such great talent.”

So far, no details have been shared about the actor’s cause of death.

Born near Glasgow in 1965, McCardie first began acting professionally at the age of 24, landing a part on the British TV show “EastEnders.” He would go on to amass over 82 film and TV credits in his career.

He later earned praise for his role as Tommy Hunter in the police procedural “Line of Duty” from 2012 to 2014. He became known to U.S. audiences through his appearances on “Shameless” and “Outlander,” and had a part in the upcoming Outlander prequel, “Blood of My Blood.”

In the film “Rob Roy,” McCardie played the son of Liam Neeson’s titular character. His other film roles include “Doors Open,” “200 Cigarettes,” “Kiss of Death” and “Low Winter Sun.”

The BBC released a statement following his death, referring to him as “an incredibly talented actor,” and “warm, funny and charming. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time,” the company added.