Martin Compston speaks about going back to his roots in new Scottish thriller The Rig


‘It drives me mad when they don’t do all the things that police would do’: Line Of Duty star Martin Compston reveals he gets annoyed by other TV crime dramas

Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has revealed that he gets annoyed by other crime dramas.

The actor, 38, who played DS Steve Arnott in the highly-popular BBC series, said that the show elevated his career to new heights and that he was happy to be a part of it.

But he told The Times that he now gets frustrated watching other police dramas because their actors do not do what the officers do in real life.

Admission: Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has revealed that he gets annoyed by other crime dramas (pictured in the show as DS Steve Arnott)

He said: ‘It drives me mad when I watch other crime dramas and they don’t do all the things that police would do, like have their badges on when they should.’ 

The actor also revealed that in the wake of his Line Of Duty success, he is still in touch with his co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, texting them every day.  

Martin, who once starred in Sweet Sixteen by Ken Loach, used to be concerned that he would be typecast as a tearaway after the breakthrough role. 

But he is now happy after his Line Of Duty success to have his character’s name shouted at him when he walks down the road.  

Not real: He told The Times that he gets frustrated watching other police dramas because their actors do not do what the officers do in real life (pictured in December in London)

Not real: He told The Times that he gets frustrated watching other police dramas because their actors do not do what the officers do in real life (pictured in December in London)

The actor also spoke of the accent he uses for the show and said that he has an coach to help him achieve the London twang.

He added that viewers now regard accents differently and that he is no longer concerned about sounding Scottish affecting him getting parts like he was at the beginning of his acting career.  

While he was scouted at school for Sweet Sixteen, he shared that he found it hard to get parts after that because of his Scottish twang. 

But he added that things are changing because of shows like Peaky Blinders that champion regional accents. 

Friends: The actor also revealed that in the wake of Line Of Duty success, he is still in touch with co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, texting them every day (pictured in the show)

Friends: The actor also revealed that in the wake of Line Of Duty success, he is still in touch with co-stars Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar, texting them every day (pictured in the show)

The shift in how accents are viewed means that Martin recently returned to his roots  in new Scottish thriller The Rig, just after appearing on BBC drama Mayflies.

It was reported in December that Line of Duty is reportedly set to return with an explosive climax to the series, after fans were left ‘disappointed’ by the cop show’s season six finale last year.  

Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin are all said to be reprising their roles for a three-part BBC special which could be transmitted as soon as Christmas 2023. 

An insider told The Sun: ‘Viewers weren’t satisfied with the ending of series six and were crying out for a more sensational conclusion — now [writer] Jed [Mercurio] can deliver that. 

‘The question is whether the person we were led to believe was H really is the villain that AC-12 has been hunting or if it was another nemesis.

 ‘The fact that they’re looking at taking the unusual step of making three episodes rather than the usual six or seven is a reflection of just how special this is for the show.’

MailOnline have contacted BBC for comment. 

New role: Martin has returned to his Scottish roots in new thriller The Rig, just after appearing on BBC drama Mayflies(pictured on the show)

New role: Martin has returned to his Scottish roots in new thriller The Rig, just after appearing on BBC drama Mayflies(pictured on the show)

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