Martin Compston hides his strong Scottish accent by listening to English recordings of Line of Duty script
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Line of Duty star Martin Compston has reveaked he hides his broad Scottish accent by getting someone to record his lines for him to listen to in English while he prepares for a scene.
While appearing on the Jonathon Ross Show alongside co-star Vicky McClure, Ellie Simmonds, Ashley Banjo and Paul Weller, the Scottish actor revealed that maintaining the English accent for his character DS Steve Arnott was a tough ask.
Although accents aren't his strong suit, Martin added that by staying in character throughout the duration of the shoot helped to make the accent stick, acting as another layer of his costume while on set.
The former professional football player opened up about his struggles with the accent over the last nine years the hit BBC crime drama has been on our screens.
He said: “It can be hard, that dialogue on its own would be hard anyway, throw the accent in there … the scene we did the other night, 30-pager, trying to juggle the accent at the same time.
“When we’re away from it for a long time, when I do that voice I can hear him, it’s like a costume.”
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He added: “I walk about all day with him in my ears. It’s just graft. I’m not naturally good at accents. I need to work harder, which then makes me better because I’m not complacent with it.
“If you’re in these scenes with these amazing actors, amazing guest stars, it’s intimidating enough without worrying about the accent. Speaking to the wife and stuff I’ll drop it, I very much stay in it [on set].”
This comes after the star suggested that this could be the final series of the show after producing six gripping seasons.
In a recent appearance on the podcast Shine of Duty, the actor said: “It’s different elements this year, because we have to look at it in terms of, do people want us back? You don’t want to over do it.
“Ten years in you start to think of legacy, and if it goes down that well it might be the perfect ending.
“But then we might go another couple of months and … what I will say is we won’t do one just for the sake of doing it.”
The star hinted that the popular crime drama may not return for a seventh season, as the cast are yet to be told if they will be back on screen together once more.
The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9.35pm on ITV and then on ITV Hub.
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