Martin Compston

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Multi award-winning actor MARTIN COMPSTON was thrust into the spotlight in his first ever acting role in SWEET SIXTEEN, directed by Ken Loach. The film's success at Cannes Film Festival propelled Martin into becoming one of the most exciting and talked about young actors to emerge that year. The film was welcomed with a flurry of outstanding reviews “a storming debut from Martin Compston” (Empire) “astonishing clarity and depth (Radio Times) “Mr. Compston's untamed star power gives the movie a heart” (New York Times). In the year of release, Martin won ‘Best Actor’ at the BAFTA Awards Scotland, ‘Best Newcomer’ at the British Independent Film Awards, ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Critics Circle Awards, and was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Empire Awards, ‘Best Actor’ at the Cannes Film Festival and ‘Best Actor’ at the European Film Festival. The film won ‘Best Screenplay’ at Canned and was nominated for the prestigious Palm d’Or.

Continuing with a number of notable films, he starred in A GUIDE TO RECOGNISING YOUR SAINTS with Roberty Downey Jr, Channing Tatum and Shia LaBeouf in which he won ‘Best Actor’ at the Gijon Film Festucal and the film won ‘Best Ensemble’ at Sundance; THE DAMNED UNITED with a stellar cast including Michael Sheen, Joe Dempsie, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall; the ‘impressive, well-honed’ (The Guardian) British independent thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED  with Eddie Marsan and Gemma Arterton; SOULBOY with Felicity Jones and Alfie Allen; SISTER with Gillian Anderson and Lea Seydoux and Irvine Welsh’s explosive FILTH, where Martin played a memorable ‘Gorman’ opposite James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent and Joanne Froggatt.

Martin is probably most recently known for his leading role as DS Steve Arnott in BBC Two’s “extraordinarily tense, butt-clenchingly gripping” (The Guardian) LINE OF DUTY alongside Vicky Mcclure. It’s broken records for the channel and strong support across the board from the British press. Season four is currently in production with a new guest lead, Thandie Newton. The show also moves to BBC One and will air in Spring 2017.

Another TV project not to be missed is ITV1’s MUNCIE, the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s (Douglas Henshall) quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish serial killer, Peter Manuel (Compston).