MARTIN Compston is back on TV screens every Sunday in BBC One's Line Of Duty.
Rising to fame from his role in the police drama, we take a look at the life and career of the talented Scottish actor.
Where does Martin Compston come from?
Martin Compston was born in Greenock, Inverclyde, in Scotland in May 1984 to parents Liz and Jim.
He attended his local secondary school, St Columba’s.
In June 2016, Martin married American actress Tianna Chanel Flynn after a three-year romance.
Flynn is best known for Secret Diary Of An American Cheerleader.
Their wedding was a traditional Scottish ceremony in Greenock.
What did fans say about Martin Compston's accent?
Martin revealed he feels like a "wee smart a***" putting on a London accent for his role.
Compston is often questioned by fans why he didn't get to keep his Scottish brogue for the part.
But the 36-year-old said it was his decision to fully commit for the job and take on the London accent.
Speaking ahead of the sixth series airing – during a promo for Johnnie Walker Princes Street – he said: "It’s a funny one because a lot of people always ask ‘why isn’t Steve just Scottish?’.
"It was never a discussion. Like, the brief came through for a London detective and I went into the audition and did a London accent, as is my job as an actor, and got the part.
"It’s tough in that it’s an extra layer of work you have to do and also the dialogue in Line of Duty on its own is so intense and kind of so obscure that would be challenging.
"Throw an accent in there as well, it can be rough at times especially in those massively long scenes and you’re trying to just remember those lines and hold this accent at the same time.
Is it true Martin was a professional footballer?
Yes, and it had been his ambition to play professional football having been a huge Celtic fan since he was a boy and going to watch them play with his brother Barry.
He left secondary school in his fifth year and signed to Greenock Morton football club’s youth team.
He made two appearances in the 2001-2002 season – the same season they were relegated from the Scottish Football League’s First Division.
Martin even used his footballing talent in Soccer Aid in both 2018 and 2019.
How did Compston get into acting?
Martin auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen, which was being filmed in his hometown.
After it took the Cannes Film Festival by storm, Martin became an instant celebrity and landed a role in the BBC drama series Monarch Of The Glen.
He starred as cheeky teenager Ewan Brodie from 2003 to 2005.
Has Compston appeared in any other films?
In 2006 he starred in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints alongside Robert Downey Jnr.
Two years later he appeared in 2008 film Doomsday, then football movie Damned United in 2009.
In 2012 in starred in When The Lights Went Out and then Filth, alongside James McAvoy, in 2013.
What else has Martin starred in?
Martin had bit parts in The Royal and Casualty before landing his role in Line Of Duty.
He also starred as Dr Robert Traill in Series 2 of Victoria.
And in 2018 he played Earl of Bothwell in the Oscar-nominated Mary Queen Of Scots alongside Margot Robbie.
Martin had a busy year in 2018 as he was also cast as Burnham in The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard.
When did Line Of Duty series six begin on BBC One?
The sixth season of Line Of Duty began on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
It comes two years after season five came to an end on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Filming for the series began in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in February 2020, as Compston confirmed on Instagram.
Martin stars as AC-12 copper Steve Arnott – with many fans shocked to find out he's Scottish after changing his accent for the role.
Who did Martin play in The Nest?
Martin played Dan, a wealthy Glaswegian who, "owns half of Glasgow" and is married to Emily.
The couple are besotted with each other but are struggling to have a family of their own.
By chance they find a young surrogate called Kaya (Mirren Mack) who offers to have their baby, but Dan soon becomes suspicious of her intentions.
Viewers will notice his strong Scottish accent in the series after telling iNews he found it "liberating" not to be told to curb his real accent.
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