Martin Compston brands Line of Duty character an ‘unlikable, overdressed w****r’

Line of Duty: Martin Compston discusses Steve's dress sense

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Ahead of the dramatic Line of Duty season finale, Martin Compston has addressed his character, DI Steve Arnott. Eager viewers are waiting to discover who the “bent copper is” as the BBC drama comes to an end.

He’s the overdressed w****r in the call centre.

Martin Compston

Martin, 36, has appeared in seasons one to six of the tense legal drama, which sees several police officers from Anti-Corruption Unit 12 [AC-12], lead investigations into bent officers within the force.

Greenock-born Martin has found himself in the centre of investigations – having been shot while in the line of duty.

Now, his character DI Steve Arnott, is investigating which officer is working alongside the Organised Crime Group [OCG] and is behind the pseudonym “H”.

Tonight’s finale will see the officer behind H be revealed, with some viewers already sharing their theories behind the mystery.

Speaking about his character, who works in AC-12, Martin told Jonathan Ross: “He’s [Steve Arnott] the overdressed w***** in the call centre.

“He’s the guy who is having all the office affairs and no one knows how.”

Compston added: “He’s sort of unlikeable but he’s obsessed with his job and doing the right thing.”

Discussing the impressive viewing figures which have continued to rise as the series progresses, he said: “Now we’re bigger than ever, getting new fans… it’s an intense period when it’s on.”

During the height of lockdown, Line of Duty found a new fanbase with every episode being available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

However, while fans were becoming invested in the programme, Martin admits that the lockdown period had wreaked havoc with his wardrobe choices for the show.

“[I’ve] Just finished filming The Nest, had my top off a fair bit in that, I’m usually a 32 [inch], got down to 30, now I’ve got these tailored suits for Line of Duty.

“We start filming, lockdown happens, up to about a 34, I couldn’t get them on, I couldn’t even get the shirts buttoned. two weeks of hours on an exercise bike, eating soup, water – miserable.”

Martin also took the opportunity to discuss fan theories relating to the identity of H, claiming that viewers had started to believe things that hadn’t happened.

Several viewers believe Patricia Carmichael [Anna Maxwell Martin] is H.

The assumption makes sense, after all, Patricia is adamant about ending Ted Hastings’ [Adrian Dunbar] career and investigations into the OCG.

Viewers have flocked to social media to share their revelations, with one penning: “We all know Patricia Carmichael is H. Jimmy Lakewell said ‘look beyond the RACE CLAIM to find H’. So take the letters of RACE CLAIM from the letters of CARMICHAEL. What do you get? H. Solved it.”

While a second added: “As a newbie to the #LineOfDuty party I just want to note that Carmichael tapped her pen four times. Seems suspicious, just saying.”

Sadly for viewers, while addressing the theories, Martin told Jonathan Ross: “Do you know what I love about that one? It’s so spot-on, but that line never got said.

“[It] blew my mind. Jed [Mercurio, writer of Line of Duty] said, ‘No, that line never happened’.”

Carmichael has been among the most popular guesses for H, but currently, Philip Osbourne is the most likely, according to betting companies.

Line of Duty comes to a dramatic ending, tonight on BBC One at 9pm.

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