The Line of Duty star knew she had to take on a new role after her grandmother was diagnosed

When the Bafta award-winning actress Vicky McClure agreed to open a small fundraising event for dementia seven years ago, she knew very little about the condition. A year later, her grandmother was diagnosed with it and the suffering it caused over the next three years had a far-reaching impact on McClure, best known for her role as detective sergeant Kate Fleming in the BBC police drama Line of Duty.

McClure, 34, from Nottingham, is now using her experience, personally and professionally. She supports the Alzheimer’s Society charity, attending its annual Memory Walks that raise millions across the country. And she has appeared in dementia-friendly theatre performances. There is even a hint she is creating her own drama on the subject.

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