Compston in 2010
|Born||8 May 1984|
|Occupation||Actor, former professional footballer|
|Spouse(s)||Tianna Chanel Flynn (m. 2016)|
Martin Compston (born 8 May 1984) is a Scottish actor and former professional footballer. He is known for his lead role as Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in the BBC crime drama Line of Duty. His other notable roles include Liam in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, Paul Ferris in The Wee Man, Ewan Brodie in Monarch of the Glen and Dan Docherty in The Nest.
Early life and football career
A promising footballer, he was on the books of Aberdeen F.C. as a young teenager, and after leaving school signed for the local professional team Greenock Morton F.C.. Compston made two first-team appearances in the 2001–02 season, in which the team was relegated to the Third Division. In both matches he appeared as a substitute and Morton lost 4–0, to Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South. Further sporting accomplishments include being the only Scotsman to have twice successfully taken part in the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, which is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in England. Martin donated the second truckle of cheese he had won to his former running club Home Counties Harriers, where he holds the record for the 40 yard dash.
Having never acted before, Compston successfully auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, which was being filmed locally. The film's success at the Cannes Film Festival gave him instant celebrity status in Scotland. Both he and his co-star William Ruane were nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards, with Compston winning the category.
He had a regular role in the BBC TV drama serial Monarch of the Glen. He then appeared in three films: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Jury Prize and Best Ensemble Cast at the Sundance Festival) with Robert Downey, Jr.; Red Road (Jury Prize at Cannes), shot in Scotland with Kate Dickie and Tony Curran, for which he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor at the Scottish BAFTAs; and True North with Peter Mullan and Gary Lewis, for which he was nominated as Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards.
Compston starred in the 2010 film Soulboy, alongside Craig Parkinson, playing the role of Joe McCain. He also appeared in the horror film The 4th Reich as Private Newman, and made a cameo appearance in a low-budget web series, "Night is Day".
In 2012, Compston starred in the lead role of Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, a detective on an anti-corruption squad, in the BBC police drama Line of Duty, acting alongside Craig Parkinson once more. In the same year, he also starred in the violent thriller Piggy. Going back to his Scottish roots, he then appeared in the lead role in The Wee Man, directed by Ray Burdis, a film depicting the life of the Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris. It was released in the UK in January 2013.
In 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019, Compston reprised his lead role of Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in four more series of police drama Line of Duty, which moved from BBC Two to BBC One at the start of its fourth series.
In 2016, he starred in the three-part Scottish television drama series In Plain Sight as serial murderer, Peter Manuel, who is pursued to his conviction and ultimate execution by the detective William Muncie.
Compston is a supporter of Celtic F.C. and Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. After a victory by Celtic over Aberdeen F.C. in January 2019, Compston posted a tweet: "Round ye No voting shitebags". The City of Aberdeen had voted "No" to independence.
|2003||Monarch of the Glen||Ewan Brodie||20 episodes between 2003 and 2005|
|The Royal||Jeffrey Carpenter||One episode, "Snakes and Ladders"|
|2004||Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)||Jed|
|Casualty||Matty Howell||One episode, "Lock Down"|
|2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Mike O'Shea|
|Night is Day||Head Gangster||One episode, "Sacrifices"|
|Red Mist||Sean||Also known as "Freakdog"|
|2009||The Damned United||John O'Hare|
|The Disappearance of Alice Creed||Danny|
|Hit and Run||Daz|
|How to Stop Being a Loser||Adam|
|2012||Strippers vs Werewolves||Shaniqua|
|When the Lights Went Out||Mr Price|
|2012–present||Line of Duty||Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott||29 episodes (after Series 5)|
|2013||The Wee Man||Paul Ferris|
|Greenshaw's Folly||Alfred Pollock|
|The Ice Cream Girls||Mr Halnsley|
|The Great Train Robbery||Roy James|
|2014||Silent Witness||Jason Ross||One episode, In a Lonely Place|
|The Legend of Barney Thomson||Chris Porter|
|2016||Death in Paradise||Dexter Allen||Episode 5.6|
|In Plain Sight||Peter Manuel||Three episodes|
|2017||The Hunter's Prayer||Metzger|
|Victoria||Dr. Robert Traill||Series 2, episode 6, "Faith, Hope & Charity"|
|2018||Mary Queen of Scots||Lord Bothwell|
|2019||Still Game||Phone shop assistant||Cameo|
|2020||The Nest||Dan Docherty||Main role|
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- Millar, John (15 April 2012). "Martin Compston Opens Heart about Love Split and Death of Beloved Gran". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
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- Wednesday, Monkey (6 March 2013). "Martin Compston to Play Great Train Robber in BBC1 Drama". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- Hadlow, Janice (25 July 2012). "Media Centre – Line of Duty to Return for Second Series". BBC. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- Barker, Adam (4 September 2014). "Media Centre – Line of Duty to Return for Further Two Series". BBC.
- Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (21 December 2016). "How Historically accurate is In Plain Sight? The True Story of Serial Killer Peter Manuel Played by Martin Compston". Radio Times. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- Ferguson, Brian (13 March 2020). "The Nest: Martin Compston, Sophie Rundle, Mirren Mack and Shirley Henderson on Scotland's new TV thriller". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- Mullen, Stacey (20 June 2016). "Line of I Do: Actor Martin Compston marries actress Tianna Chanel Flynn". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
- "Martin Compston on the Return of Line of Duty". This Morning. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- Ferguson, John. "British actor Martin Compston: I'm determined to keep the independence dream alive - Scotland Now". www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2019.