Martin is back in the dutiful game
He swaps police role for place in Soccer Aid team
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 socceraid.org.uk
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