Daniel Mays faces £351,000 fine from the taxman


Forget AC-12… Line Of Duty star is clobbered by HMRC: Actor Daniel Mays faces £351,000 fine from the taxman after winding up his company

  • Line Of Duty star Daniel Mays is facing a fearsome adversary – the taxman
  • Actor is being pursued for thousands by HMRC after winding up his company
  • Played errant firearms officer Daniel Waldron in third series of the BBC drama
  • Letter sent to creditors details how HMRC was initially claiming £438,000 
  • Lawyers acting for Mays disputed the bill and HMRC revised claim to £351,000

He has already been on the receiving end of one of AC-12’s notoriously gruelling interviews.

But now Line Of Duty star Daniel Mays is facing an even more fearsome adversary – the taxman.

The actor, who played errant firearms officer Daniel Waldron in the third series of the acronym-heavy BBC drama, is being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds by HMRC after winding up his company. 

A letter sent to creditors last year by the firm dealing with the liquidation of Supernova (London) Ltd details how HM Revenue & Customs was initially claiming £438,000 from the actor.

Lawyers acting for Mr Mays disputed the bill and, after what the letter describes as ‘a detailed review of their calculations’, HMRC revised the claim to £351,000.

He played errant firearms officer Daniel Waldron in the third series of the acronym-heavy BBC drama

Line Of Duty star Daniel Mays (left) is facing the taxman. The actor, who played errant firearms officer Daniel Waldron (right) in the third series of the acronym-heavy BBC drama, is being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds by HMRC after winding up his company

The 43-year-old actor was brought up in Essex by his electrician father and bank cashier mother and attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before going on to win a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. 

He set up Supernova in 2007 as his career began to take off with a role as Saddam Hussein’s son, Uday, in the TV film Saddam’s Tribe. 

A year later, he appeared in the urban crime thriller Shifty, winning a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards.

A letter sent to creditors last year by the firm dealing with the liquidation of Supernova (London) Ltd details how HM Revenue & Customs was initially claiming £438,000 from the actor (pictured second left as Waldron)

A letter sent to creditors last year by the firm dealing with the liquidation of Supernova (London) Ltd details how HM Revenue & Customs was initially claiming £438,000 from the actor (pictured second left as Waldron)

He has gone on to play leading roles in TV dramas including Ashes To Ashes, Outcasts and the Netflix series White Lines. 

In Line Of Duty, Mr Mays played Danny Waldron, whose armed response unit was probed by AC-12 after the shooting of a suspect. 

The death of Waldron, who is shot dead by a colleague, leads to AC-12 uncovering a historic child sex abuse scandal.

Lawyers and representatives for Mr Mays did not respond to requests for comment.

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