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Martin Compston is a Actor British born on 8 may 1984 at Greenock (United-kingdom)

Martin Compston

Martin Compston
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 8 may 1984 (40 years) at Greenock (United-kingdom)

Martin Compston (born 8 May 1984) is a Scottish actor and former professional footballer. He is perhaps most notable for his role as Liam in Sweet Sixteen, for his role as Ewan Brodie in Monarch of the Glen, and for his lead role in the popular crime show Line of Duty.


Compston was born and brought up in Greenock, Inverclyde, and attended St. Columba's High School in neighbouring Gourock. A youth footballer, after leaving school he signed for local professional team Greenock Morton. He has an older brother, Barry.

Compston made two appearances for Morton at the end of the 2001–2002 season, in which the 'Ton were relegated from the Scottish Football League First Division. In both matches he appeared as a substitute, and both times Morton lost 4–0, to Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South.

Having never acted before, he 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. His subsequent film career was comparatively low key as he wanted to "serve his apprenticeship" with a regular role in the BBC TV drama 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 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 made a cameo appearance in small budget web series "Night Is Day". His next role was in the 2010 film Soulboy. He also appeared in the horror film The 4th Reich as Pte. Newman.

Compston appeared in The View's music video for "Grace" and "How Long".

In June–July 2012, Compston starred in the BBC police drama Line of Duty. The show ran a second series in February–March 2014.

In 2012 Compston also starred in the violent thriller Piggy. 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 renowned Glasgow Gangster Paul Ferris. It was released in the UK in January 2013.

In April 2013 Compston starred in the ITV mini-series The Ice Cream Girls.

Compston appeared as Roy James in The Great Train Robbery.

Usually with

Billy Murray
Billy Murray
(3 films)
Craig Conway
Craig Conway
(4 films)
Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Martin Compston (26 films)

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The Aftermath, 1h48
Directed by James Kent
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Actors Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Martin Compston, Kate Phillips, Pip Torrens
Roles Burnham
Rating63% 3.1524653.1524653.1524653.1524653.152465
Hambourg 1946, au sortir de la guerre, Rachel rejoint son mari Lewis, officier anglais en charge de la reconstruction de la ville dévastée. En emménageant dans leur nouvelle demeure, elle découvre qu’ils devront cohabiter avec les anciens propriétaires, un architecte allemand et sa fille. Alors que cette promiscuité forcée avec l’ennemi révolte Rachel, la haine larvée et la méfiance laissent bientôt place chez la jeune femme à un sentiment plus troublant encore.
Mary Queen of Scots, 2h5
Directed by Josie Rourke
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Gemma Chan
Roles Earl of Bothwell
Rating63% 3.153973.153973.153973.153973.15397
À seulement dix-huit ans, Marie Stuart est déjà veuve, après le décès de son époux le roi de France, François II. Elle refuse de se remarier conformément à la tradition. En 1561, elle quitte donc la France pour rejoindre ses terres natales d'Écosse et réclamer le trône qui lui revient de droit. Mais la reine d'Angleterre, Élisabeth I, n'est pas de cet avis. Elles vont toutes deux devenir de véritables sœurs ennemies, malgré une fascination réciproque.
The Hunter's Prayer, 1h30
Directed by Jonathan Mostow
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Sam Worthington, Alicia Silverstone, Odeya Rush, Joel Kinnaman, Martin Compston, Allen Leech
Roles Metzger
Rating56% 2.801562.801562.801562.801562.80156
Un tueur à gages, Lucas, aide une jeune fille, qu'il aurait dû tuer, à venger la mort de son père, un comptable qui a détourné plusieurs millions de sa société, dirigée par un puissant homme d'affaires qui a payé Lucas pour l'exécuter.
The Legend of Barney Thomson
Directed by Robert Carlyle
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Robert Carlyle, Ashley Jensen, James Cosmo, Tom Courtenay
Roles Chris
Rating61% 3.098483.098483.098483.098483.09848
Set in Glasgow, the film centers around Barney Thomson, an awkward, diffident barber living a life of desperate mediocrity whose uninteresting life gets turned upside down when he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of a serial killer after accidentally killing his boss.
Filth (2013)
, 1h37
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Eddie Marsan, Emun Elliott
Roles Gorman
Rating69% 3.499223.499223.499223.499223.49922
Bruce Robertson is a Detective Sergeant in Edinburgh, Scotland who suffers from Borderline personality disorder; He is a scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and "the games" — his euphemism for the myriad foul plots he hatches directed at workmates. Robertson also delights in systematically bullying and taking advantage of his mild-mannered friend Clifford Blades, a member of Robertson's masonic lodge whose wife, Bunty, he repeatedly prank calls and asks for phone sex.
The Wee Man
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Crime
Actors John Hannah, Patrick Bergin, Martin Compston, Stephen McCole, Jim Sweeney, Rita Tushingham
Roles Paul Ferris
Rating60% 3.0474153.0474153.0474153.0474153.047415
In 1990 Glasgow, Paul Ferris (Martin Compston) is incarcerated at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow. In his cell, he reflects on his childhood.
Strippers vs. Werewolves, 1h33
Directed by Simon Phillips, Billy Murray
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Ali Bastian, Martin Compston, Sarah Douglas, Alan Ford, Billy Murray, Barbara Nedeljáková
Roles Scott
Rating30% 1.5216751.5216751.5216751.5216751.521675
When Mickey, the member of a werewolf gang is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there, under the tutelege of Peter Murray, have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.
The Great Train Robbery, 1h30
Directed by Julian Jarrold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Luke Evans, Neil Maskell, Martin Compston, Paul Anderson, Del Synnott, James Wilby
Roles Roy James
Rating72% 3.648773.648773.648773.648773.64877
A Robber's Tale is set between November 1962 and the aftermath of the Great Train Robbery on 8 August 1963. Beginning at London Heathrow Airport where the big practice robbery took place, Bruce Reynolds (Luke Evans) gathered a group of men to target the Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London.
Sister (2012)
, 1h37
Directed by Ursula Meier
Origin France
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Sports films, La sexualité des mineurs, Sports d'hiver, Ski
Actors Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet-Klein, Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston, Jean-François Stévenin, François Santucci
Roles Mike
Rating69% 3.4962953.4962953.4962953.4962953.496295
Twelve-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister Louise (Léa Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. Despite his age, he supports both him and his sister by stealing equipment from the resort, refurbishing them to look new before reselling them to children at a discounted price. Though he makes a substantial sum of money through these sales, he spends most of it on Louise, buying her clothes and giving her money so that she can go on dates. Louise is selfish and irresponsible, unable to hold down a job and frequently going off with men, leaving Simon alone at home. Though Simon tries to teach her how to refurbish the skis, she leaves with Bruno (Yann Trégouët) on a short vacation.
When the Lights Went Out, 1h25
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about religion
Actors Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Craig Parkinson, Martin Compston, Andrea Lowe, Gary Lewis
Roles Mr. Price
Rating53% 2.6552552.6552552.6552552.6552552.655255
In the 1970s, Jenny and Len move into a new home in Yorkshire where their 13-year-old daughter Sally is haunted by the malevolent spirit of a young girl, and the demonic apparition of a monk. Sally's parents seek out the assistance of a paranormal specialist and a local priest, who performs an exorcism that eventually halts the hauntings.
7lives (2011)
, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy
Actors Danny Dyer, Kate Ashfield, Martin Compston, Helen George, Charles Mnene, Nick Brimble
Roles Rory
Rating34% 1.7444951.7444951.7444951.7444951.744495
Tom, a married man with kids, is struggling at work when a client tries to seduce him with promises of a ‘more exciting life’. On his way home one night he gets attacked by a gang of hoodies and falls into a parallel world where he lives 5 other lives including a Rock-Star, a Homeless person and the ‘hoody’ that attacked him. These lives help him to re-evaluate his priorities and values but in order to get home he must face some of his deepest desires and fears. Will he make it home or is the grass greener on the other side?
How to Stop Being a Loser
Directed by Dominic Burns
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Simon Phillips, Gemma Atkinson, Billy Murray, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Martin Kemp
Roles Adam
Rating47% 2.3679652.3679652.3679652.3679652.367965
James is useless with women, but his luck changes under the tutelage of pick-up artist, Ampersand. As James learns the art of seduction he begins to wonder about Ampersand's intentions and questions what would truly make him happy in life.
Four (2011)
, 1h25
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Actors Martin Compston, Craig Conway, Kierston Wareing, Sean Pertwee
Roles Lover
Rating43% 2.161472.161472.161472.161472.16147
A jealous husband hires a movie-obsessed detective to kidnap his wife's lover and bring him to a derelict factory to administer some 'rough justice.' Once there, the husband discovers the detective has a revelation of his own. He has kidnapped the husband's wife as well.
Pimp (2010)
, 1h31
Directed by Robert Cavanah
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Actors Billy Boyd, Martin Compston, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Robert Cavanah, Barbara Nedeljáková, Gemma Chan
Roles Zeb
Rating30% 1.530971.530971.530971.530971.53097
A week in the life of a Soho pimp - Woody - (Robert Cavanah) as seen through the lens of a documentary camera team: A week which spirals brutally out of control when the Chinese up their muscle on Woody's boss's (Danny Dyer) territory, a girl goes missing, and a snuff webcast appears, showing a former employee being murdered, with another potential webcast seemingly impending.
SoulBoy (2010)

Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Actors Martin Compston, Alfie Allen, Felicity Jones, Bruce Jones, Nichola Burley, Craig Parkinson
Roles Joe McCain
Rating59% 2.952172.952172.952172.952172.95217
The film is set in Stoke-on-Trent in 1974. Joe McCain, 17 and restless, is bored with the flatline tedium of a life that seems like it's going nowhere, spending his Saturday nights in a dead pub called The Purple Onion and trying to rob the local fish and chip shop. However he then sees a beautiful woman in the street, and acting on impulse follows her into a record shop called Dee Dees Discs, where he finds out that one of her main interests is soul music and dancing at weekends at the Wigan Casino - the home of Northern Soul. He decides to go with his friend Russ on the coach that Saturday night, and starts to devote himself to learning how to fit in with the soul scene and become a Soul Boy - but there are complications on the way.