Line Of Duty's Martin Compston Reveals How This Morning Presenter's Voice Helped Him Nail DI Arnott's Accent

The Scottish actor has to put on an Estuary English accent in the hit BBC drama.
Martin Compston as Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty
Martin Compston as Steve Arnott in Line Of Duty

Line Of Duty star Martin Compston has revealed he’s perfected his English accent for the show with the help of a certain This Morning presenter’s voice.

The Scottish actor – who plays DI Steve Arnott in the hit BBC police drama – shared that he uses Dermot O’Leary’s dulcet tones to help get into character, during an interview on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware.

Martin admitted he used to “cringe” after watching himself in the first series of Jed Mercurio’s drama, which started back in 2012.

“I can tell in those moments I’m really straining with certain words, and looking back I think my performance is quite flat in the first one,” he said.

“I was trying to get back into the accent and I started listening to people and Dermot’s a really good sounding board for the accent.”

“I was like, ‘I want a piece of that, sounds like fun’,” he added.

Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary
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Martin was last seen as DI Arnott in the sixth series of Line Of Duty, which concluded last May.

So far, writer and creator Jed Mercurio has refused to confirm or deny if there will be another season after the identity of the fourth corrupt police officer in league with organised crime was revealed in the finale.

Martin also remained tight-lipped on the possibility during an appearance on This Morning last week, which saw him coming face to face with Dermot himself.

Martin can currently be seen in ITV’s new drama Our House, which is airing over four consecutive nights this week.

Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware is available to stream on all podcasting platforms now.


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