|Occupation||Actor, former professional footballer|
Tianna Chanel Flynn
Martin Compston (born 8 May 1984) is a Scottish actor and former professional footballer. He played Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in the BBC drama Line of Duty, 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 a youth player with Aberdeen as a teenager, and after leaving school signed for his local professional club Greenock Morton. 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. After leaving Morton, he briefly played in junior football for Greenock Juniors.
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 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, 2019 and 2021, Compston reprised his lead role of Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in five more series of police drama Line of Duty, which moved from BBC Two to BBC One at the start of its fourth series.
In June 2022, Compston was forced to deny allegations of sectarian singing after videos surfaced on social media of him on stage during a Celtic supporter function. 
|2004||Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)||Jed|
|2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Mike O'Shea|
|2009||The Damned United||John O'Hare|
|The Disappearance of Alice Creed||Danny|
|Village on the Roof||Allen||Short|
|How to Stop Being a Loser||Adams|
|Hit and Run||Daz||Short|
|2012||When the Lights Went Out||Mr. Price|
|Strippers vs Werewolves||Scott|
|2013||The Wee Man||Paul Ferris|
|2015||The Legend of Barney Thomson||Chris Porter|
|2017||The Hunter's Prayer||Metzger|
|2018||Mary Queen of Scots||Lord Bothwell|
|2003||The Royal||Jeffrey Carpenter||Episode: "Snakes and Ladders"|
|Rockface||Jason Farinelli||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Monarch of the Glen||Ewan Brodie||Series regular|
|2004||Casualty||Matty Howell||Episode: "Lock Down"|
|2007||Night Is Day||Head Gangster||Episode: "Sacrifices"|
|2009||Eadar-Chluich||Episode: "Bha Mi'n Raoir san Taigh-Osta"|
|2010||Five Daughters||Jon||1 episode|
|2012–2021||Line of Duty||DS Steve Arnott||Series regular|
|2013||The Ice Cream Girls||Marcus Hansley||Mini-series|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Alfred Pollock||Episode: "Greenshaw's Folly"|
|The Great Train Robbery||Roy James||Mini-series|
|2014||Silent Witness||DS Jason Ross||Episode: "In a Lonely Place"|
|Masterpiece Mystery||Alfred Pollock||Episode: "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple VII: Greenshaw's Folly"|
|Ripper Street||Edwin Havelock||Episode: "Live Free, Live True"|
|2016||Death in Paradise||Dexter Allen||Episode: "Dishing Up Murder"|
|In Plain Sight||Peter Manuel||Mini-series|
|2017||Victoria||Dr. Traill||Episode: "Faith, Hope & Charity"|
|2018||Urban Myths||Midge Ure||Episode: "Backstage at Live Aid"|
|2019||Still Game||Phone Shop Assistant||Episode: "Local Hero"|
|2019–Present||Traces||Daniel MacAfee||Series regular|
|2020||The Nest||Dan Docherty||Mini-series|
|2021||Vigil||CPO Craig Burke||Series regular|
|2022||Our House||Bram Lawson|
|Martin Compston's Scottish Fling||Himself||Travel mini-series|
|TBA||The Rig||Fulmer Hamilton|
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- "Martin Compston: 'Who would play me in the film of my life? Vicky McClure'". the Guardian. 5 March 2022. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
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- English, Paul (23 March 2016). "Line of Duty Star Martin Compston: Glass Ceiling for Actors Who Aren't Posh Enough is Holding Back Talent". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Millar, John (15 April 2012). "Martin Compston Opens Heart about Love Split and Death of Beloved Gran". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- Black, Claire (13 January 2013). "Interview: Martin Compston Talks about His New Film The Wee Man". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- Rampton, James (15 April 2013). "Actor Martin Compston Makes Waves as Leading Man". The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
- 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.
- "'Schitt's Creek' Star Emily Hampshire Joins Amazon UK Series 'The Rig'; Scotland Shoot To Begin This Month". Deadline. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
- "TV tonight: Martin Compston stars in psychological drama Our House". The Guardian. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
- Adejobi, Alicia (7 March 2022). "Our House viewers fume as ITV goes goes off-air during opening episode: 'Trying to work out what I've missed'". Metro. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
- "Martin Compston on Line of Duty, accents and his new show Our House". The Times. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
- Sansome, Jessica (7 March 2022). "Our House on ITV: What it's about, cast and where you've seen them before". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
- Mullen, Stacey (20 June 2016). "Line of I Do: Actor Martin Compston marries actress Tianna Chanel Flynn". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
- "Line of Duty star Martin Compston denies singing IRA lyrics in Celtic FC viral video row". ITV. London. 16 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
- "Line of Duty's Martin Compston urges Scots to vote for Nicola Sturgeon". The Independent. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
- "Martin Compston's Scottish Fling". bbc.co.uk/mediacentre. 8 September 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.