Adrian Dunbar Biography: Wife, Net Worth, Age, Children, Height, Parents, Movies, TV Shows, Songs

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Adrian Dunbar (born 1 August 1958) is an Irish talent who has worn many hats in the entertainment world: actor, director, and singer. 

He’s built a solid reputation through his stellar performances on both TV and stage. Remember the 1991 gem Hear My Song? Well, he starred in it and co-wrote it, earning a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. You might recognize him best as Superintendent Ted Hastings from BBC Television’s Line of Duty, a role he nailed across all six series.

Dunbar’s acting chops have kept audiences glued to their seats as he effortlessly breathes life into diverse characters. And Adrian Dunbar doesn’t stop there—this guy can direct and sing, too, proving his artistic prowess knows no bounds.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Adrian Dunbar
Born: 1 August 1958 (age 65 years old)
Place of Birth: Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Nationality: irish
Education: St. Joseph’s College, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Height: 1.8 m
Parents: Sean Dunbar
Siblings: N/A
Spouse: Anna Nygh (m. 1986)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Madeleine Dunbar
Occupation: Actor • Musician
Net Worth: $2.5 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Adrian Dunbar, a celebrated actor, was born on August 1, 1958, in Enniskillen, United Kingdom. He’s opened up about how his late father, Sean Dunbar, influenced some memorable quotes from his acclaimed role in “Line of Duty.” 

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar, cared for him throughout his upbringing. Adrian Dunbar attended St. Joseph’s College for his education before pursuing his love for acting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he earned his degree.


Adrian Dunbar‘s acting journey is remarkable. He’s had standout roles in hit TV series like Line of Duty and Ashes to Ashes. He’s also left his mark on the silver screen, delivering memorable performances in movies like The Crying Game and My Left Foot. But his talents don’t stop there; he’s a force on stage, too, with notable turns, including portraying Oscar Wilde.

Beyond acting, Dunbar‘s creative flair extends to filmmaking, writing, and music. In 2018, he flexed his directorial muscles with episodes of Moving On

And let’s not forget his writing chops, co-penning the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Hear My Song in 1991. As if that wasn’t enough, Adrian Dunbar dabbled in music, fronting the band Adie Dunbar and The Jonahs for a spell.

Awards & Nominations

 BAFTA Awards

  • 1993: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the film “Hear My Song” (shared with Peter Chelsom) [BAFTA Film Awards]
  • 2018: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the TV series “Line of Duty” [BAFTA Television Awards]

Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Awards

  • 2018, 2020, 2021: Nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role – Drama for his role in “Line of Duty” [Irish Film and Television Academy Awards]

Other Nominations

  • National Television Award for Outstanding Drama Performance (unknown year)

Social Media

Adrian Dunbar does not have a social media account. 

Personal Life

Adrian Dunbar, aged 65, has happily married actress Anna Nygh since 1986. Their love story began with a blind date set up by a fellow actor. They welcomed their daughter, Madeleine Dunbar, from this union in 1987. 

In addition to doting on MadeleineAdrian embraces the role of stepfather to Anna’s son from a previous relationship. Despite his thriving acting career, Adrian finds joy and stability in his family life.



  • My Left Foot (1989) 
  • The Crying Game (1992) 
  • Hear My Song (1991) – also co-wrote the screenplay 
  • Triggermen (2006) 
  • Shooters (2007) 
  • The General (1998) 
  • Widows’ Peak (1994) 

TV Shows

  • Cracker (1993) 
  • Inspector Morse (1987–2000) 
  • A Touch of Frost (1992–2010) 
  • Murphy’s Law (2007) 
  • Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010) 
  • Line of Duty (2012–2021) – Superintendent Ted Hastings 
  • The Hollow Crown (2012–2016) – Richard Plantagenet 
  • Broken (2017) – Father Peter Flaherty 
  • Ridley (2022) – DI Alex Ridley (also associate producer) 

Net Worth

Adrian Dunbar‘s net worth is estimated to be around $2.5 million. However, net worth can fluctuate and may not accurately represent an individual’s financial status. 

Dunbar‘s main source of income is his successful acting career, which includes film and television roles. He has also been involved in other ventures, such as writing and directing, which may contribute to his overall net worth.

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