Martin Compston

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born:  8 May 1984, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland. 

Martin Compston is a notable figure in the entertainment industry, renowned for his acting prowess and his beginnings as a professional footballer. Raised in a Catholic family, Martin is the younger of two sons and grew up in a close-knit community. His educational journey took him to St Columba’s High School in neighbouring Gourock, where he balanced his studies with a burgeoning passion for football.

Compston’s early life was marked by his talent on the football field. As a teenager, he played as a youth player for Aberdeen and later signed with his local professional club, Greenock Morton. Despite showing promise, his football career was brief, with only two first-team appearances in the 2001–02 season before moving on to junior football with Greenock Juniors.

However, it was a serendipitous audition for Ken Loach’s film ‘Sweet Sixteen’ that pivoted Martin Compston’s path from the football pitch to the silver screen. With no prior acting experience, Compston landed the lead role, which was being filmed locally. The film’s success at the Cannes Film Festival catapulted him into the spotlight, earning him the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Martin Compston’s acting career flourished with a variety of roles that showcased his versatility. He became a familiar face on television with a regular role in the BBC series ‘Monarch of the Glen’ and later gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Inspector Steve Arnott in the acclaimed BBC drama ‘Line of Duty’. His film credits include impactful performances in ‘The Wee Man’, where he played the notorious Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris, and in ‘The Nest’, where he took on the character of Dan Docherty.

Beyond his professional achievements, Martin Compston’s personal life is marked by his marriage to Tianna Chanel Flynn in 2016. The couple’s union has been a source of joy and stability in Compston’s life. An avid football fan, he remains a dedicated supporter of the Glasgow team, Celtic, reflecting his enduring connection to his Scottish roots.


Suggested viewing


Line of Duty (2017)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.7

Anti-corruption police officers investigate a detective suspected of manipulating evidence to close a high-profile murder case. As they untangle a web of lies and deceit, they face increasing pressure and threats, forcing them to question who they can trust within their own ranks and whether they can expose the truth.

Top cast: Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Jason Watkins, Paul Higgins, Lee Ingleby, Gaite Jansen, Claudia Jessie, Kelly Macdonald, Daniel Mays.

Traces (2019)


Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

Traces follows a young lab assistant working in forensics who discovers a connection between a cold case study and her own mysterious past. Teaming up with two experienced professors, she uses her scientific skills and personal knowledge to investigate a series of seemingly unrelated murders. As they delve deeper, they uncover a shocking hidden connection and a potential conspiracy that puts their lives in danger.

Top cast: Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor, Jennifer Spencer, Martin Compston, Michael Nardone, Laurie Brett, John Gordon Sinclair, Vincent Regan, Moyo Akandé.

The Nest (2020)

The Nest poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.1

A wealthy couple struggling with infertility enters into a surrogacy agreement with a young woman. As the pregnancy progresses, tensions rise and dark secrets come to light, threatening the fragile bond between the couple and the surrogate, with unsettling consequences for everyone involved.

Top cast: Sophie Rundle, Martin Compston, Mirren Mack, James Harkness, Christine Bottomley, Fiona Bell, David HaymanKatie Leung, Bailey Patrick.

Sweet Sixteen (2002)

Sweet Sixteen poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

A teenager in a rough Scottish town clashes with his criminal family to build a new life with his soon-to-be-released mother. Despite his good intentions, his only way to raise money leads him deeper into a violent world, forcing him to choose between loyalty and a chance at escape.

Top cast: Martin Compston, Annmarie Fulto, William Ruane, Michelle Abercromby, Michelle Coulter, Gary McCormack, Tommy McKee, Calum McAlees, Robert Rennie.

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