Martin Compston almost didn’t audition for Line of Duty


duty line Martin Compston has revealed he hardly bothered to audition for the hit BBC show.

It might be hard to imagine the crime drama without the beloved Trio AC-12played by Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston.

However, it turns out that was almost the case.


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Course of action star Craig Parkinson revealed in a instagram post this week that Compston “needed a push” to audition for the crime drama after being invited by show bosses.

“For a man of good taste, he needed a boost. I told him he had to meet on this because I had just read the best first two episodes of a new series I had never read,” wrote Parkinson.

He continued: “Myself and Martin had our auditions within minutes of each other and met before launching our lines. It was the next day that I got a call saying Steve’s role was offered to another actor. I asked who it was. They said “Martin Compston”.

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“I was in the bath at the time, I remember that. I also remember that I was really made up for my companion. They then asked me how I felt about playing a role called Mathew ‘dot’ Cotton. I didn’t know.”

Parkinson went on to say that Course of action changed the life of the whole cast and thanked all the viewers who stayed after the first season until the end.

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“At first it was word of mouth. After that? Well…” he added.

Course of action became a huge hit for the BBC. However, as of now, there has been no official confirmation that another series is in the works.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen though, with Dunbar recently hinting that something could be in the works as early as next year.

Course of action series 1 to 6 are all available on BBC iPlayer, and DVD and Blu-ray box sets are also available to buy now.


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