Martin is back in the du­ti­ful game

He swaps po­lice role for place in Soc­cer Aid team

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Talk Tv -

It’s the touch­line of duty for Martin Comp­ston – as he laces up his boots for Soc­cer Aid.

But the ac­tor re­veals how he is banned from play­ing foot­ball while film­ing hit po­lice drama Line of Duty.

Martin, 35, who plays de­tec­tive Steve Arnott, says strict in­sur­ance rules mean he of­ten misses out on a kick­about.

Bosses fear he could scup­per film­ing if he takes a knock and is laid up.

But now series five of Line of Duty has ended and writer Jed Mer­cu­rio is still work­ing on the next in­stal­ment, Martin can get back on the pitch.

The Scot­tish ac­tor lines up at Chelsea’s ground tonight in a World team that in­cludes Usain Bolt, Eric Can­tona and

James McAvoy. They take on Eng­land for Unicef ’s Soc­cer Aid ap­peal.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about it,” says Martin. “I un­der­stand Line of Duty’s is­sue with in­sur­ance though, be­cause if you get in­jured it costs so much to keep a set run­ning.

“You’ve got to be care­ful but I’m re­ally happy the in­sur­ers let me play this year. It’s been a shame that I’ve not been al­lowed to have a kick­about be­fore­hand, but hope­fully I can blow the cob­webs away.”

The World team is coached by for­mer Spurs man­ager and I’m a Celeb win­ner Harry Redknapp, so Martin fan­cies their chances.

Up against Martin’s team will be for­mer Eng­land goal­keeper

David Sea­man, fit­ness star Joe Wicks, SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Ant Middleton and YouTube foot­ball freestyler Jeremy


It’s not just the op­po­si­tion that needs to worry about Martin – he’s been tak­ing out his own play­ers in train­ing. “I in­jured two team­mates, I was hun­gover,” he re­veals. “You have to leave one on them to let them know you’re in the game!”

Martin is now film­ing new drama Traces for crime chan­nel Alibi. It fol­lows three women foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors bat­tling to bring a killer to jus­tice.

Mean­time, he re­fuses to spill se­crets about the next Line of Duty...

Soc­cer Aid, ITV, tonight, 6.30pm. Give to Unicef at soc­

ON THE BALL The Eng­land team


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